Young, Thielfoldt advance
Although it was unclear on election night, there will be a recount in the District 2 commissioner race, as just two votes separate second and third place.
Greg Young easily was the top vote-getter in the four-way Aug. 10 primary election, gathering 289 votes.
“You have an idea of what the outcome might be, but you never know,” he says. “I thank the people for their support and confidence in me.”
The battle was for second place, between Al Thielfoldt and Milton Steele.
Thielfoldt garnered 175 votes to Steele’s 173. Mike Mensing finished with 110 votes.
On election night and the morning after, Steele told the Register he was not going to push for a recount.
“I accept the outcome. I’m not going to be up in arms over it,” he said. “I’m sensitive to having the county pay the extra cost.”
County Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson says request for a recount must be made in writing and Steele had until Aug. 18 to decide.
However, on Friday morning, Steele decided to seek a recount after several days of pondering the election night results.
“I had a few people call and encourage me to have a recount. People I met on the street also asked me what I was going to do,” says Steele.
Because Thielfoldt won by less than 10 votes, the county would pay the cost of the recount.
“It was a real nail-biter,” says Thielfoldt. “I’m excited the voters trust in me as a candidate to give me a chance to go forward.”
Steele openly expressed his disappointment, saying people in District 2 “evidently like paying taxes,” referring to his pledge of not accepting a salary for one year if elected.
“They don’t mind paying someone hundreds of dollars for half a day’s work, then that’s what they want” he says. “I went out and met people and did my best.”
Thielfoldt says he was impressed with the number of people who voted in the primary election, which is usually held in September.Although Young won handily, Thielfoldt is confident the outcome will be different in the general election.
“I think the next three months of meeting people and shaking hands is going to turn this around,” he says.
Young says his margin of victory is greater than expected, however, he’s not taking the November election for granted.
He says he’ll try to pick up the support of those who voted for Steele and Mensing.
Young says he knows there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before the general election.
“I thought we would pick up more support in the country. We’ll have to work on that,” he adds.
In the county recorder’s race, Sheryl Asmus and Ken Skaare collected enough votes to square off in November.
Asmus received 907 votes, Skaare had 701 and Eva Adams finished with 662.
It was the first time Asmus and Skaare have run for a political office.
Both waited at the courthouse as results trickled in and for final vote totals tallied around 11:30 p.m.
“It was very nerve-racking. The early count was so close,” says Asmus.
Skaare says he’s happy with the results and did fairly well considering he ran against two employees currently working in the recorder’s office.
He says the primary results show each candidate did well in the geographic area they were from.
“I’ll have to work on Wells, where Sherry is from, and hopefully I can pick up some of Eva’s votes,” he adds.
Like Asmus, Skaare plans a short break before resuming his campaigning.
“I think I’ll try to get out more to homes in the country and townships. Sometimes I think they get forgotten, more attention is spent on those living in cities,” Skaare says.
Asmus says she hopes to have a “plan” for the general election soon. However, it may not be any different from what she’s already doing.
“I’ll be knocking on a lot of doors, pretty much like I did for the primary.” she says.