Incumbents generally do well except in Mabel
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:54 AM
Voters chose a new mayor and council member in Mabel, but incumbents generally fared well in local elections that had plenty of names on the ballots.
There was a lot of interest in Mabel city positions with two people running for mayor and seven for council. Just one incumbent was re-elected for the three positions open.
Incumbent Melissa Folstad lost the mayoral race to Brian Street 173 to 117 votes. Street, who had served on the Mabel council for nine years until leaving in 2010, had 50.7 percent of the vote as 15 percent went to write-in candidates. Folstad was seeking her second term.
Mabel business owner Laura St. Mary received the most votes for council with 138, two more than incumbent Kirsten Wyffels, who was also elected. Others receiving votes were Carl Westby with 113, Jeff Rein with 85, Darrell Peterson with 47, Davey Peterson with 36 and Kristina Nolte with 27. Write-ins had 59 votes.
Harmony had three candidates for mayor, but incumbent Steven Donney had a clear majority with 64.5 percent of the vote. Jay Mensink, Jr., had 19 percent and R. Dan Tieffenbacher had 13 percent. For council in Harmony, only two names were on the ballot, incumbent Debbie Swenson and newcomer Lynn Mensink. The two women won election.
Canton had a race for council with three candidates filing for the two positions. The two incubents won with Cindy Shanks getting 120 votes and Carl Ernst getting 94 votes. George Hafner had 66 votes. Canton Mayor Donivee Johnson, who has served since 1993, ran unopposed.
For the Mabel-Canton School Board, incumbents Mary Kuhn, who has been on the board for 12 years, and six-year member Jane Hall were the leaders with 706 and 563 votes respectively. Joining them on the board will be Mark Weidemann with 498 votes. The other two candidates, Jacob Hershberger and Dustin Tollefsrud, received 402 and 373 votes respectively.
In the Fillmore Central School Board race, all the persons listed on the ballot were winners. Ross Kiehne, Deb Ristau and James Love won re-election easily in the general election. In the special election, Emily Ellis was the winner with 85.8 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates, including the announced challenger Josh Krage, received 14.2 percent.
In state legislative races, Miller and Davids were re-elected to office although they will be in the minority party as the DFL gained control of the Senate and House statewide. Miller polled 57.1 percent of the vote in the district against Jack Krage. He carried all precincts in Fillmore County except Canton Township, Lanesboro, Mabel, Newburg Township and Peterson.
Davids beat DFL challenger Ken Tschumper with 58.2 percent of the vote in District 28B. He carried every precinct in the county except Holt Township, Lanesboro, Mabel and Peterson.
The marriage amendment, which was voted down statewide with just 47.7 percent support, had a slight edge in Fillmore County with all precincts except Carrolton Township, Harmony, Lanesboro and Peterson favoring the measure. A total of 56.9 percent of the voters in Fillmore County supported the amendment.
The county followed the state trend in the voter ID amendment, voting it down with just 36.7 percent of the voters supporting it, less than the 46.4 percent it received statewide. The only precinct in Fillmore County that had a majority of yes votes was Sumner Township.
For president, Fillmore County voters favored Obama with a 52.6 percent tally, Klobuchar with 64.7 percent and Walz with 61.3 percent. All three are DFL members.
Only incumbents filed at the county level with Thomas Kaase, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Prestby getting re-elected. Leonard Leutink, Pamela Mensink and Travis Wilford were elected soil and water supervisors.