Election brings new faces, surprise upsets, failed amendments
Voters elect new mayor, council; school board will see new face
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:25 AM
Tuesday night's election results brought some surprises, and voters will see some new faces in Spring Grove government.Overall voter turnout was 89.06 percent in Houston County, with 10,518 ballots cast of the 11,810 registered voters. That compares to 7,935 ballots cast in 2010.
Shown above are election judges from area township and city jurisdictions bringing in their respective ballots to the Houston County Auditor’s office on Nov. 6 after the polls closed.
Local races saw Mayor Saundy Solum lose to Bruce Poole, who ran on a ticket with council candidates Nancy Nelson and Rachel Olerud. Poole garnered 271 votes or 40.51 percent, followed by Solum with 232 votes (34.68 percent) and Heather Gray with 164 votes or 25.51 percent of the vote. There were two write-in votes entered for mayor.
For Spring Grove City Council, Nelson was a clear winner with 297 votes (23.61 percent), and Olerud came in second at 261 votes or 20.75 percent. They will replace incumbents Steve Kemp (191 votes or 15.18 percent) and Rachel Storlie (213 votes or 16.93 percent).
Other candidates in that race included Roger Taylor with 180 votes or 14.31 percent and David Peterson with 110 votes or 8.74 percent. There were six write-in votes in this race.
School board results
The school board results saw three of the four incumbents winning re-election. Eric Bjerke who ran unopposed for his two-year term received 1,014 votes (98.83 percent). In the race for four-year seats, Aaron Solum was re-elected for a third-term receiving 900 votes (30.81 percent). Christian Myrah was also re-elected with 913 votes (31.26 percent). Stephanie Morken Jaster ousted incumbent Kristy Folz by 139 votes, receiving 601 total or 20.58 percent while Folz received 462 (15.82 percent). There were 45 write-in votes that totaled 45 (1.54 percent).
Kjome wins commissioner's race
Dana Kjome of Spring Grove will represent the Fifth District on the Houston County Board of Commissioners, replacing Tom Bjerke who choose not to seek another term.
Kjome earned 1,056 (57.89 percent) of the votes versus Lane Zaffke of rural Spring Grove with 755 votes (41.39 percent). There were 13 write-in votes in this race.
Commissioner Jack Miller of La Crecent was defeated in his re-election bid in the First District against Judy Storlie. Miller received 991 votes (46.46 percent) to Storlie's 1,134 (53.16 percent). There were eight write-in votes in that race.
Steve Schuldt of Caledonia represents the Third District and ran unopposed for a four-year term. He received 1,473 votes (97.36 percent) with 40 write-ins.
In other uncontested county races, results were as follows:
Roger Stenhoff of Spring Grove for Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisor District 3 with 7,958 votes (99.18 percent) was elected to his first term, replacing long-time member Glenn Kinneberg who choose not to seek re-election; and
Loren Lapham for SWCD Supervisor District 4 with 8,019 votes (99.57 percent) was elected.
SWCD District 5 was a race between Matt Feldmeier and Michael Sieve. Feldmeier won with 4,126 votes (50.34 percent) over Sieve with 4,034 votes (49.22 percent). There were 36 write-in votes.
For state House, Senate and constitutional amendments results see separate articles in this week's Herald.