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Two file for seat

By Staff | Jun 5, 2016

Faribault County Commissioner Tom Warmka will be facing a challenger in this fall’s general election and it is a familiar face.

With the time for filing for some state and county offices closing last Tuesday, Warmka is the only local official who will be challenged.

Paul Bach, of Wells, filed for the District 5 commissioner seat currently held by Warmka. Bach also ran against Warmka four years ago.

County commissioners John Roper, District 1, and Bill Groskreutz Jr., District 3, both filed for re-election and will be running unopposed.

The only other local filings were for seats on the Soil & Water Conservation District board positions.

In District 4, incumbent Neil Mensing filed for re-election.

But, in District 1, incumbent Milt Steele did not refile. However, Jeff Bell, of Blue Earth (Jo Daviess Township) did file for the open seat.

The only other filing locally was Blue Earth resident Zac Huntley, who filed for the District 23A legislative seat, currently held by Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont). Huntley is running as a DFL candidate.

Filings for seats on most Faribault County city councils, school boards, four townships and several United Hospital District board positions will open on Aug. 2 and run through to Aug. 16.

There will be many open positions on the boards and councils, according to Faribault County auditor/treasurer John Thompson.

“We will also be having a primary election locally on Aug. 9,” Thompson says. “That is because there are three persons running for the open judicial seats, two running to oppose State Sen. Julie Rosen and several more contested races.”

The purpose of the primary is to get the number of people running for office down to two.

However, for local offices such as city councils and school boards, any number of persons can be on the ballot for the general election, which will be held on Nov. 8.

Thompson also reminded Blue Earth voters that they will be having a new polling place for voting.

After many years of voting in the BEA Elementary building, the new site is at Hamilton Hall.

“We will be sending out notices to all residents of the change very soon,” Thompson said.