Douglas County primary election to be held Tuesday
Primary elections will be held in Douglas County on Tuesday, August 14. Three commissioner districts, 2, 3 and 4 will be on the ballot.
Non-partisan county commissioner candidates Norm Salto, Jim Hafdal and James Stratton are on the primary ballot for District 2; Bev Bales, Jerry L. Rapp, Bert Pexsa and David Erickson are listed for District 3 and Paul C. Anderson, Charlie Meyer, Don Korte Jr. and Bill Dropik vie for the District 4 opening.
The purpose of a primary is to narrow down the partisan candidates to one per political party and reduce the number of non-partisan candidates to two per office, explained Douglas County Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Vicki Doehling.
Winners of the primary elections will be declared and the nominated candidates will be on the general election ballot in November.
If a candidate dropped out of a race after the withdrawal period, his or her name will still appear on the ballot. Primary ballots contain all the political party offices for the district in which a voter lives.
Voters cannot vote for more than one party. If a ballot is fed through the vote tabulator in which a voter has crossed party lines, the tabulator will alert the voter that they have voted for more than one political party, Doehling said.
The voter then has the option to have the ballot returned and can request a new ballot. Should the voter decide to proceed with the original ballot, only the non-partisan side of the ballot will be counted.
Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) party candidates Bruce Campbell and Bob Cunniff are in the running to compete against Republican Mary Franson in the District 8B race for state representative. Cunniff won the DFL endorsement.
Nine individuals are on the ballot for a U.S. Senate seat: Independence party members Stephen Williams and Glen R. Anderson Menze; Republicans David Carlson, Bob Carney Jr. and Kurt Bills and DFL members Jack Edward Shepard, Amy Klobuchar, "Dick" Franson and Darryl Stanton.
Two Minnesota Supreme Court justice positions are also on the primary ballot. Jill Clark, Lorie Skjerven Gildea (incumbent) and Dan Griffith are running for chief justice and Alan Nelson, David R. Stras (incumbent) and Tim Tingelstad are vying for associate justice 4.
Polls in Douglas County will open at 7 a.m. in most locations and close at 8 p.m. Belle River Township, Leaf Valley Township and Solem Township will open at 10 a.m. and Lund Township will open at 9 a.m.
The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. To find your polling place, visit http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.
COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS ON PRIMARY BALLOT
Hudson, LaGrand and Lake Mary townships, the city of Forada and parts of Alexandria - Ward 1, precinct 1 and Ward 5, precinct 1
Miltona, Spruce Hill, Osakis, Orange, Carlos and Belle River townships, and the cities of Osakis, Miltona, Nelson and Carlos
Alexandria Township and parts of the city of Alexandria - Ward 1, precinct 2 and Ward 2
Alexandria City - Ward 1 - Precinct 1 and 2 - Lake Community Church, 1751 Co. Rd. 44 NW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria City - Ward 2 - Living Waters Church, 1310 North Nokomis, Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria City - Ward 3 - New Life Christian Church, 1910 Hwy. 27 E., Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria City - Ward 4 - Cornerstone Church, 202 7th Ave. E. Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria City - Ward 5 - Precinct 1 and 2 - Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria Township - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2702 Hwy 29 N., Alexandria, MN 56308
Belle River Township - St. Nicholas Church, 9473 Co. Rd. 3 NE, Carlos, MN 56319
Brandon City - Brandon City Hall, 105 Holmes Ave. N., Brandon, MN 56315
Brandon Township - Brandon City Hall, 105 Holmes Ave. N., Brandon, MN 56315
Carlos City - Carlos Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave., Carlos, MN 56319
Carlos Township - Carlos Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave., Carlos, MN 56319
Evansville City - Evansville City Hall, 106 State St., Evansville, MN 56326
Evansville Township - Evansville City Hall, 106 State St., Evansville, MN 56326
Forada City - Forada City Fire Hall, 10991 Tobys Ave. SE, Alexandria, MN 56308
Garfield City - Garfield City Hall, 116 Sanstead St. W., Garfield, MN 56332
Holmes City Township - Holmes City Town Hall, 11180 Tewes Trl. SW, Farwell, MN 56327
Hudson Township - Forada City Hall, 10991 Tobys Ave. SE, Alexandria, MN 56308
Ida Township - Ida Town Hall, 4700 Co. Rd. 6 NW, Garfield, MN 56332
Kensington City - Kensington Community Center, 19 Central Ave., Kensington, MN 56343
LaGrand Township - LaGrand Town Hall, 501 Town Hall Rd. SW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Lake Mary Township - Lake Mary Town Hall, 4791 Co. Rd. 4 SW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Leaf Valley Township - Leaf Valley Town Hall, 15240 Co. Rd. 6 NW, Garfield, MN 56332
Lund Township - Town Hall in Melby, 17443 Lakeview Ave. NW, Evansville, MN 56326
Millerville City - Millerville City Fire Hall, 16560 Co. Rd. 7 NW, Brandon, MN 56315
Millerville Township - Millerville City Fire Hall, 16560 Co. Rd. 7 NW, Brandon, MN 56315
Miltona City - Miltona Community Center, 5590 Co. Rd. 14, Miltona, MN 56354
Miltona Township - Miltona Community Center 5590 Co. Rd. 14, Miltona, MN 56354
Moe Township - Moe Town Hall, 14188 Moe Hall Rd. SW, Garfield, MN 56332
Nelson City - Nelson City Hall, 120 N. Nelson St., Nelson, MN 56355
Orange Township - Ed Pollard Community Center, 18 E. Nokomis St., Osakis, MN 56360
Osakis City - Ed Pollard Community Center, 18 E. Nokomis St., Osakis, MN 56360
Osakis Township - Ed Pollard Community Center, 18 E. Nokomis St., Osakis, MN 56360
Solem Township - Kensington Runestone Park (Barn), 8755 Co. Rd. 103 SW, Kensington, MN 56343
Spruce Hill Township - Spruce Hill Town Hall, 12055 Willow Dr. NE, Miltona, MN 56354
Urness Township - Urness Town Hall, 2160 Co. Rd. 1 SW, Evansville, MN 56326
Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.