One incumbent, one challenger on top of close Chatfield City Council race
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:28 AM
Donald Hainlen was re-elected mayor of Chatfield while incumbent council member Kenneth Jacobson and challenger Robert Pederson were the top vote-getters for the council in a field of four candidates.
Hainlen, a retired school administrator, won his second term with 55.3 percent of the vote. Challenger John McBroom received 43.1 percent.
The council race was tight with just 20 votes separating incumbent David Frank, seeking his second term, from Pederson, who received 410 votes. Jacobson, who has already served two terms on the council, had 543 votes and the fourth candidate, Rita Charlton, had 341 votes.
In the school board race, all three incumbents, Gregory LaPlante, Jerry Chase and F. Mike Tuohy, reclaimed their seats as the only names on the ballot.
Chatfield voters followed state voting for national offices, favoring Barack Obama with 52.2 percent, Amy Kobuchar with 64.2 percent and Tim Walz with 60.9 percent. They also supported Jeremy Miller as state senator with 57.6 percent of the vote and Greg Davids as state representative with 57.6 percent.
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. 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.