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|Paynesville Press - Sept. 5, 2002|
Statewide primary to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10
The statewide primary election – to determine the ballots for the general election in November – will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in sites in each city and township. |
A number of local and statewide races are being contested. In some races, notably the races for governor of Minnesota and for the open U.S. Senate seat, two candidates from the same party will vy in the primary for their ticket's one spot on the November ballot.
In local races, notably several county races, the top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to face each other on the final ballot in November.
Contested local races include: the Independence Party candidate in House District 13A and the Republican Party candidate for House District 18B. In both of these races, voters who cast ballots from those respective parties in the primary will choose the candidate to appear on the November ballot. Note that, according to the Secretary of State's office, voters must choose the races in one party to vote on in the primary. Voters who vote for candidates in more than one party will have their ballots thrown out as spoiled.
Other contested local races are for: Stearns County Commissioner for District 3; Stearns County Attorney; Stearns County Recorder; Stearns County Sheriff; and Kandiyohi County Sheriff. In these races, all the voters of the respective county, regardless of party, will vote for their top choice and the two top vote-getters will appear on the November ballot.
Brief descriptions of the candidates in the local contested primary races follow.
Uncontested primary races include: the Sixth Congressional District, with Dan Becker (Independence), Mark Kennedy (Republican), and Janet Robert (DFL); the Seventh Congressional District, with Collin Peterson (DFL) and Dan Stevens (Republican); House District 14B, with Mark Slavik (DFL) and Doug Stang (Republican); Senate District 13, with Joe Gimse (Republican) and Dean Johnson (DFL); Senate District 14, with Michelle Fischbach (Republican) and Lynn Schurman (DFL); Senate District 18, with Steve Dille (Republican), Paul Murray (Constitution), and Sheila Sudbeck (DFL); and Stearns County Commissioner for District 5, with Don Otte.
HOUSE DISTRICT 13A
He has no government experience but has served on the St. Rosa Parish Council and the St. Mary Social Concerns Committee. He is running because he feels he has been called to give back, and he wants to fight for farmers and to work for the elderly, especially when it comes to health care.
He has been the city clerk for Freeport since 2000 and is the former secretary for the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. He is running for office because he thinks it's time for a change and for the state legislature to reflect the views of the residents.
Other Candidates The winner between Ellering and Massman will face Bud Heidgerken (Republican) and Bruce Schuck (DFL) in November for this open seat.
HOUSE DISTRICT 18B
He feels he lost the Republican endorsement because he is pro-choice and believes more emphasis needs to be placed on preventing unwanted pregnancies. He considers himself a moderate, is concerned about the projected state budget shortfall and about education in rural areas, and would support year-round schools.
He served for four years on the Minnesota Board of Nursing, was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson to the Commission on Public Service and Reform, and served on the Minnesota Education in Agricul-ture Learning Council. He said he is running because of his long-held desire for public service; he intends to protect rural quality of life and lists education and transportation funding as key issues.
Other Candidates The winner between Detert and Urdahl will face Mari Pokornowski (DFL) in November for this open seat.
Commissioner District 3
A year away from retirement at school, he is interested in public service and in being productive.
He wasn't ready to retire from public service and thought his state experience would help at the county level.
He has thought about running for several years and decided to run after the redistricting this year. He describes himself as a conservative who won't spend any unnecessary money and who wants to maintain the quality of life in the county.
Since he estimates that over half of the county meetings deal with zoning and planning issues, he feels his experience with land use makes him well qualified. He thinks the budget needs to better address the county's needs.
While he has no government experience, he feels he can make a difference in this transistional period for the newly-redrawn District 3. He also thinks his financial background will be helpful on the county board.
His extensive government experience includes serving as the mayor of Rockville for nine years (he still serves on the city council), serving on the Sauk River Valley Planning Association for five years, on the Stearns County Comprehensive Plan Advisory Board for two years, and as a firefighter for Rockville for 14 years. Having 21 years of experience with city government, he thinks he can do a good job for the county.
He has no government experience and is fed up with the current government, which he thinks has too many rules and regulations, especially for farmers, who are being driven out of the profession. He isn't sure how he will fix this, but knows that something needs to be done.
He served on the school board in the Kimball School District for 19 years, including five years as the chairman, and he served 22 years on the rural electric board, including four years as president. He is interested in politics, thinks his farming experience will be helpful to him as a commissioner, and sees land use and environmental issues as important to people of District 3.
In addition to allowing her to work closer to home, she thinks she can provide better leadership, service, and accountability as the county attorney. She says she was encouraged by law enforcement personnel to run for county attorney and pledges to have tougher crime-fighting efforts, to better support law enforcement personnel, and to use her experience as both a prosecutor and a county attorney to do a better job.
Roger Van Heel
He feels he has the experience, the knowledge, and the good judgment to continue to lead the office.
She feels her knowledge of state and federal laws, of the computer system used by the county, and of the financial management of the department make her a good candidate for the office. Through her work in the office, she also said that she has developed sincere care for the job and understanding of the duties of the county recorder.
As county recorder, she thinks she can bring new ideas to the office and that it's time for a change in leadership. She said she will restore customer service, review new technologies, and renew efficiency.
Since she works in seven counties, she feels she knows all the different systems. She said that she has always wanted to be the county recorder. She notes that she is the only candidate coming to the job with immediate experience in the private sector.
He feels the most satisfying part of his career was when he was part of the jail transition and had an opportunity to affect change, which he would like to do again as sheriff. He would like to increase efficiency and to better inform the public of the results of the department's investigations. He notes that he is the only candidate with supervisory experience both in patrol and at the jail, which he feels is important because much of the sheriff's responsibilities are at the jail.
He has wanted to be sheriff since the beginning of his law enforcement career and is running because he thinks the department needs a change. He feels the department needs to do proactive law enforcement, starting by working with kids to keep them from crime.
He holds a master's degree in human resource development,is working on a Ph.D. in education, and has 15 years of experience in teaching aspects of police work on the collegiate level. He wants the sheriff's department to be more professional and feels his experience, in education and business as well as law enforcement, will help him think outside the box.
Having worked in the department for 18 years, he wants to maintain the professionalism, feels he works well with the county administration and county board, wants to encourage preventative programs for youth and the elderly, and wants to be approachable if elected sheriff.
Dan Hartog, 42, has lived in rural Atwater for nine years and in the county for over 20 years. He studied law enforcement at Willmar Community College, worked in Dodge Center for 13 months, and has worked in the sheriff‘s department for over 20 years, the last five years as the chief deputy. During his time with the department, he has been a patrol deputy, a dispatcher, a detective, a detective sergeant, and a member of the S.W.A.T. team.
As sheriff, he would want to improve an already good department. He feels he has the administrative experience and skills to manage a budget, handle personnel issues, and communicate with and supervise personnel.
He believes it is time for a change and different philosophy in the sheriff's department. He notes that he is the only candidate from outside the sheriff's department and feels the department needs improved drug enforcement, a greater presence in small towns, and needs a stronger relationship with the community.
Ole Savior/Doug Lalone
Ken Pentel/Rhoda Gilman (endorsed)
Tim Penny/Martha Robertson (endorsed)
Tim Pawlenty/Carol Molnau (endorsed)
Leslie Davis/Pete Wagner
Paul Wellstone (endorsed)
Jim Moore (endorsed)
Mark Kennedy (Republican)
Janet Robert (DFL)
Dan Stevens (Republican)
House District 14B
Doug Stang (R-Cold Spring)
Senate District 13
Dean Elton Johnson (DFL-Willmar)
Senate District 14 Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville)
Lynn Schurman (DFL-Cold Spring)
Senate District 18
Paul Murray (Constitution)
Sheila Sudbeck (DFL)
Commissioner District 5
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