Judicial Races, Wright County Commission Highlight St. Michael, Albertville Primary Election
Voters in Wright County District 4 will whittle the race down to two candidates, while partisan ballots will push through candidates in state and federal races at Tuesday’s vote.
Tuesday’s Minnesota Primary will clear up a muddled picture in Wright County District 4, where five candidates are vying to advance to two spots in the general election in November.
A reminder that primary ballots in Minnesota are partisan ballots, so voters must stick to one party on that side of the ballot. County and judicial races are non-partisan.
Copies of the ballots are attached to this story.
David Dayon, Mary Wetter, Michael Beyer, Mike Potter and Matt Walker are looking to move on from the new District 4, which includes portions of St. Michael (Precinct 1A), Hanover (Precincts 2 and 3) and all of Albertville, Rockford Township and Rockford.
In Wright County District 3, which includes St. Michael Precinct 1B, all of Otsego and Dayton (within Wright County), Tom Darkenwald of Otsego will challenge Mark Daleiden of St. Michael
Judicial races will also have a large stake in the primary.
Incumbent Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Lorie Skjerven Gildea is being challenged by Dan Griffith and Jill Clark. Meanwhile, David R. Stras, an associate justice on the state’s high court, faces challenges from Tim Tingelstad and Alan Anderson.
New State Senate District 30 has a primary battle in the Republican column, where longtime politician Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake is being challenged by newcomer Paul Bolin of Otsego. On the DFL side, Paul Perovich of Big Lake is not being challenged.
Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has two challengers in this primary. She’ll square off with Aubrey Immelman, a St. Cloud area resident who challenged her two years ago, and Stephen Thompson. Democratic candidate Jim Graves is not being challenged.
At the Senate level, incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar faces a primary challenge from fellow Dems Darryl Stanton, Jack Edward Shepard and Dick Franson. Republicans have endorsed Kurt Bills, but challengers Bob Carney Jr. and David Carlson are also on the ballot.
The Independence Party has Glen R. Anderson Menze and Stephen Williams in the U.S. Senate race, as well.