Jones, Hoff advance from primary for auditor-treasurer in Fillmore County

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DAVID PHILLIPS
Bluff Country Newspaper Group

Heidi Bly Jones and Brian Hoff will face off in November for Fillmore County auditor-treasurer.

The two received the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election. Jones received 1,264 votes, or 48.5 percent, and Hoff 892 votes, or 34.2 percent. Marc Prestby lost out in the three-way race with 453 votes, or 17.4 percent.

Jones, of Ostrander, is a finance officer in the auditor-treasurer’s office while Hoff, of Wykoff, is an appraiser in the Fillmore County assessor’s office. Prestby, of Canton, will continue serving as Fillmore County commissioner in District 5.

State, federal offices

Fillmore County voters mirrored the state in most races, except the U.S. Senate and attorney general contests for Republican candidates.

Bob Anderson, who campaigned in the county, beat statewide winner Karin Housley with 52.9 percent of the vote in a special U.S. Senate race to serve the remaining two years of Al Franken’s term. Housley will face appointee Sen. Tina Smith, who easily won the DFL primary.

In the other Senate race, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar won handily while Jim Newberger was the choice for Republicans in both the county and state.

For U.S. representative from District 1, Fillmore County voters strongly favored DFLer Dan Feehan and Republican candidate Jim Hagedorn, who will face off in November.

County voters also supported gubernatorial winners Tim Walz, a DFL candidate, and Jeff Johnson, who edged out former governor Tim Pawlenty for the Republicans.

In the other statewide race, DFL attorney general candidate Keith Ellison won a crowded field with 41 percent of Fillmore County voters. On the Republican side, Sharon Anderson just edged out Doug Wardlow among Fillmore County voters. Wardlow was the Republican choice statewide.

A total of 2,609 people voted for Fillmore County auditor-treasurer. Fillmore County had 12,183 people registered to vote at 7 a.m. on Election Day. Slightly over 20 percent of registered voters in Fillmore County showed up at the polls last Tuesday, which compares to about 3 percent in 2016 when there was no county primary race. Voting was up across the state, which had the highest turnout in raw numbers since 1982 and the highest percentage (22.7 percent) in a primary since 1992, according to Secretary of State Steve Simon.

For partisan races, more people in Fillmore County voted for DFL candidates than Republican candidates in the primary. For example, 1,461 people voted for a DFL governor candidate and 1,195 voted for Republican candidate for governor.