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Hagedorn wins primary

By Staff | Aug 14, 2016

Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn will now officially be the Republican candidate who will face off against Democrat incumbent First District U.S. Congressman Tim Walz in this coming November’s General Election.

Hagedorn was the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate to run against Walz, but he was challenged by fellow Republican Steve Williams in the Primary Election held last Tuesday.

Hagedorn topped Williams by a vote total of 10,860 to 3,338 in the whole First Congressional District. That was 76.49 percent to 23.51 percent.

In Hagedorn’s home county of Faribault, he garnered 354 votes to 65 for Williams.

“First, I commend my Republican competitor, Steve Williams, for stepping up and running for public office. I wish Mr. Williams and his family all the best,” Hagedorn said after the election results came in. “Second, and most importantly, thanks to the voters of Minnesota’s First District for your support and confidence.”

There were also several State Legislative contests on the ballot last Tuesday that determined who will take on some local incumbent legislators.

In Senate District 23, Democrat Barbara Ann Lake defeated fellow Democrat John M. Lillis 967 to 456 for the right to face off against incumbent Republican senator Julie Rosen.

In Faribault County, Lake received 95 votes while Lillis had 37 votes.

In Senate District 27, which includes the eastern one third of Faribault County, including the cities of Wells, Walters and Kiester, two Republicans were facing off to see who would be on the ballot this fall.

Gene Dornink received 948 votes to Cynthia Gail’s 423 and will be running against incumbent Democrat senator Dan Sparks in November.