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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • Local 2012 election is in the books

  • The 2012 election is over. Nationally, President Barack Obama was re-elected to lead the country for another four years. In Minnesota, democrats gained majorities in both the Senate and the House and the public voted down both proposed Voter ID and Marriage Amendments. Locally, several closely contested races will bring new leadership to municipal and county governments come the new year.
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  • The 2012 election is over. Nationally, President Barack Obama was re-elected to lead the country for another four years. In Minnesota, democrats gained majorities in both the Senate and the House and the public voted down both proposed Voter ID and Marriage Amendments. Locally, several closely contested races will bring new leadership to municipal and county governments come the new year.
    In Granite Falls, Mayor Dave Smiglewski, Council Member At-Large Scott Peterson and Ward I (west Granite Falls) representative Joe Fagnano were re-elected to the city council while write-in candidate Sarina Otaibi bested long-term councilman and fellow write-in candidate Bill Miller.
    The outcome was less dramatic for the Clarkfield City Council which had no contested races and two spots open for write-in candidates. Here, Mayor Gene Kockelman was re-elected to his second term as Mayor while Dave Biermaier was also chosen to reprise his council role. Taking the place of departing council members Francis Staab and Bob Schlenner are two write-in candidates, Scott Vold and Erin Crosby.
    The Yellow Medicine East School Board had five candidates vying for four seats. All four incumbents –– Jane Hagert, Tim Opdahl, Steve Zumhofe and Grant Velde –– were re-elected leaving challenger, Mark Hoeper, the odd man out.
    In Yellow Medicine County, District 1 (Echo and Wood Lake) board representative Greg Renneke topped Joe Rohlik to retain his spot on the Yellow Medicine County Board, while fellow commissioner incumbents Louis Sherlin, Ron Antony and Gary Johnson also carried the day, with only Sherlin running opposed. Winner of the District 2 (west Granite Falls) seat that has been vacant for the past year following the death of commissioner Dick Wambeke was John Berends over Mitch Brovold in a nail-biter.
    Also extremely close, was the Chippewa County District 3 (east Granite Falls) contest which saw Granite Falls resident Dave Nordaune defeat incumbent commissioner Dennis Anderson.
    The new Legislative District 16 and 17 was evenly split by Republicans and Democrats. Senate District 16 and House District 16A saw GOP incumbent Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinksi, defeat Ted Suss and Al Kruse, respectively, while in Senate District 17 incumbent DFL Senator Lyle Koenen and Representative Andrew Falk overtook former District 13 Senator Joe Gimse and Tim Miller, respectively.
    Election results:
    YME school board:
    Tim Opdahl 2,488
    Grant Velde 2,467
    Steve Zumhofe 2,266
    Jane Hagert 2,010
    Mark Hoeper 1,279
    GF City Council Ward I
    Joe Fagnano 691
    Sarina Otaibi 214 (write in)
    Bill Miller 87 (write in)
    Craig Opdahl 3 (write in)
    Vern Vosberg 2 (write in)
    GF City Council At Large
    Scott Peterson 1,203
    Granite Falls Mayor
    Dave Smiglewski 1,328
    Clarkfield City Council
    Mayor
    Gene Kockelman 348
    Special Election
    Dave Biermaier 301
    Page 2 of 2 - Council write-ins
    Scott Vold 95
    Erin Crosby 60
    Jana Flattum Sukow 45
    YMC
    District 1
    Greg Renneke 626
    Joe Rohlik 399
    District 2
    John Berends 517
    Mitch Brovold 417
    District 3
    Gary Johnson 517
    District 4
    Ron Antony 1,041
    District 5
    Louis Sherlin 645
    Tim Stone 453
    Chippewa Co.
    District 1
    Matt Gilbertson 618
    Galen Rud 581
    District 2
    Jeff Lopez 718
    Jonathan Frikke 475
    District 3
    Dave Nordaune 640
    Dennis Anderson 593
    Senate District 16
    Gary Dahms 20,917
    Ted Suss 18,495
    House District 16A
    Chris Swedzinksi 10,982
    Al Kruse 8,361
    Senate District 17
    Joe Gimse 17,350
    Lyle Koenen 21,621
    House District 17A
    Tim Miller 8,956
    Andrew Falk 10,489
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