Fillmore County to have primary election for auditor-treasurer

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DAVID PHILLIPS
Bluff Country Newspaper Group

Fillmore County will have a primary election, after all, as a third candidate filed for auditor-treasurer on the final day of filing Tuesday, June 5.

However, voters will find mostly incumbents on the ballot for Fillmore County offices in the general election this November. Of the eight offices that are up for election this year in Fillmore County, six of them had only incumbents file for re-election.

The incumbent sheriff faces a challenge in one of the two contested races in 2018 and there is no incumbent for the auditor-treasurer office, which will have the three candidates narrowed to two after the August primary election.

The two other county officer positions, the two commissioner seats and the two soil and water conservation supervisor positions had only incumbents file.

The three people who filed for the position of auditor-treasurer, which is currently being filled on an interim basis due to a vacancy caused by an earlier resignation, all have existing ties to the county. Heidi Bly Jones of Ostrander is a finance officer with the county, Brian Hoff of Wykoff is an appraiser in the county assessor’s office, and Marc Prestby of Canton, currently serves as county commissioner in District 5.

The primary election for this office will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14. The top two candidates will be on the ballot of the general election.

The two candidates filing for sheriff are Tom Kaase, the incumbent, and John DeGeorge, who had earlier announced his intention to run for office this year. DeGeorge, of Peterson, is a lifelong Fillmore County resident and current Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office captain. Kaase, of rural Racine, was elected sheriff in 2014 after serving as Fillmore County commissioner since 2008.

For the two county commissioner seats up for election, Randall Dahl of Rushford filed for re-election in District 2 and Duane Bakke of Lanesboro filed for re-election in District 4.

The terms of the Fillmore County recorder and attorney expire at the end of this year as well. Incumbent Dave Kiehne of Harmony has filed to maintain his position as recorder while Brett Corson filed for re-election as county attorney.

The two incumbent soil and water supervisors also filed for re-election last week. Brian Hazel of Lanesboro filed for re-election in District 1 and Timothy Gossman of rural Chatfield filed for re-election in District 2.

Filing for office opened Tuesday, May 22, and ran through Tuesday, June 5, closing at 5 p.m. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, when city, school, state and federal offices are also on the ballot.

Cities in Fillmore County, with the exception of Spring Valley, don’t have a primary election for city offices. Filing for those offices, as well as school boards in districts that have even-year elections, runs from July 31 to Aug. 14.