State-wide primaries are August 9

The state-wide primary election will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Wadena County’s polling places and times, as well as a sample ballot, were on page 8a of the July 28 Staples World. Todd County’s sample ballot and notice of election is on page 8a of this issue.

Wadena County has two contested county commissioner seats, because more than two candidates have filed for each seat.

In District 2, three candidates have filed - Brian Hagen, Ralph Miller and incumbent Jim Hofer. Ralph Miller had been the commissioner before being unseated by Hofer.

In District 4, three candidates have filed - Ross Beaumont, Chuck Horsager and Murlyn Kreklau. The current commissioner, Rodney Bounds, chose not to run again.

In both races, the top two vote-getters in the primary election will face off in the general election on Nov. 8.

Todd and Morrison counties do not have contested elections for the primary. Cass County has one three-person race, with Robert Kangas, Ed Nelson and John Warren filing for the District 2 commissioner seat.

State election

The state legislature election for District 9 will not have a primary since each seat has two candidates, one Democrat and one Republican. Those seats will be determined at the Nov. 8 general election.

Candidates in the general election will be Paul Gazelka (R) and Jason Weinerman (D) for the District 9 senate seat; Meg Litts (D) and John Poston (R) for District 9A house of representatives seat; and Ron Kresha (R) and Dustin Simmonds (D) for the District 9B house of representatives.

Federal election

Republicans in Todd County have a choice for the District 7 race for U.S. House of Representatives race. Amanda Hinson and Dave Hughes are facing off in the Aug. 9 primary for the right to face Democrat Collin Peterson in the Nov. 8 general election.

Wadena, Cass and Morrison county residents in District 8 will wait until the general election to decide between Republican Stewart Mills and Democrat Rick Nolan.

Staples World

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