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Decisions coming Tuesday

By Staff | Nov 1, 2010

Residents of Faribault County who head to the polls tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 2, will see a barrage of names and questions on local ballots.

Voters will decide several county races, including electing three county commissioners.

They will have a choice between incumbent Tom Loveall and challenger Rob Nelson in District 4, and Al Travis Thielfoldt and Greg Young in District 2.

Voters will also decide between incumbent Mike Gormley and challenger Dean Vereide for sheriff; incumbent Brian Roverud and challenger Troy Timmerman for county attorney; Sherry Asmus and Ken Skaare for county recorder. John Thompson will be the only name on the ballot for county auditor/treasurer, as he is running unopposed.

County voters will also see a variety of other local races.

In Blue Earth, residents will elect four (out of six) council members, with at least two persons running for each seat.

Paula Neussmeier, Richard Scholtes and Corey Survis face off in Ward 1; Les Wiborg and Russ Erichsrud in Ward 2; John Gartzke and Gary Meyer in Ward 3; Allen Aukes and Paula Kelly in the other Ward 3 position.

Winnebago voters will have a choice of two names for two city council seats, Scott Robertson and Stacy Huntington Scofield, and one name for mayor, incumbent Randy Nowak.

In Wells, Ron Gaines is the only name for the mayoral seat, but there are four names for two council positions; Mike Weber, Jim Durfee, Ann Marie Schuster and Jerry Schroeder.Elmore residents will elect a mayor, choosing between Bill Hurd and Keven Sullivan, and they will have a choice of four names for two council seats; Jim Volz, Kristin Travis, Lorman Jahnke and Marlys Jagerson.

Kiester voters will pick between Marcus Elvebak and Jeanne Brooks for mayor, and have three persons running for two open seats; Dean Johnson, Monty Flaskerud and Dale Drescher.

Voters residing in the USC School District will have choices to make, with five persons running for three open spots. The five are; Nancy Ulrich, Jon Feist, Chris Olson, Sharon Parriott and Kari Jacobson.

But, those in the BEA School District will not have to make real difficult decisions, as all four incumbents are the only names on the ballot for the four open seats. Maple River also has four candidates running for four positions.

USC voters will also decide whether to increase their local school excess levy amount. Meanwhile, in Blue Earth, voters will make the decision whether to keep the current three ward system in place or do away with it.

There are other local races as well.

Residents in certain portions of the United Hospital District will choose board members. Citizens in Blue Earth will elect members to the Light and Water Board.

There are numerous township officer elections, as well as other mayoral and council seats in all of the county’s small towns. Most are not contested races.

Of course, there is a state office ballot, with candidates for such offices as governor, secretary of state, state auditor and attorney general.

And, while State Sen. Julie Rosen is running unopposed, State Rep. Bob Gunther is opposed by Steven Fausch, and State Rep. Tony Cornish faces Mark Meyer and Joan Milk-Muths on the ballot.

First District Congressman Tim Walz is being opposed on the ballot by Randy Demmer, Steven Wilson and Lars Johnson.

Election results from Tuesday will be posted on the Faribault County Register’s website (www-faribaultcountyregister.com) as soon as possible.