Local election results see new members on council, boards

By : 
Jordan Gerard

Whether you’re pleased, displeased or just happy there are no more candidate ads in your mailbox, the midterm election of 2018 saw a majority change in the U.S. House of Representatives and high turnout numbers.

On a Minnesota scale, Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan are set to be the next governor and lieutenant governor. Senator Amy Klobuchar maintained her senate seat for a third term while fellow DFL’er (Democrat-Farmer-Labor) Tina Smith was elected to finish out former Senator Al Franken’s term.

Keith Ellison was re-elected as attorney general, and Steve Simon will remain as Secretary of State.

Closer to home, Republican Jim Hagedorn won Congressional District 1 by 1,311 votes over Dan Feehan.

Greg Davids was re-elected to his 28B seat in the House of Representatives with 10,351 votes. His challenger, Thomas Trehus, had 8,308 votes.

In Houston County there were many unopposed candidates, which resulted in re-elections for County Auditor Donna Trehus, Sheriff Mark Inglett and County Attorney Samuel Jandt.

Susan Schwebach was elected  County Recorder, winning over contender Becky Konieczny-Peterson. It was a close race with 3,885 votes for Schwebach and 3,728 votes for Konieczny-Peterson.

Jerry Welke and Cecil Graf were elected to Soil and Water District Supervisors 1 and 2, respectively.

And in Spring Grove, new councilmember Chad Rohland was elected. Scott Solberg was re-elected to city council. 

Spring Grove School Board welcomes three new members, who are Jenny Stender, Rhan Flatin and Kelly Rohland.

Election officials at the Spring Grove polling location said student election judges from social studies teacher Al Lochner’s Advanced Placement (AP) Government class did an excellent job. Students helped new voters register, sign in and feeding the ballot into the machine.

Students were also enthusiastic about the opportunity and enjoyed their roles as student election judges.

National voter turnout showed 47 percent of eligible voters voted in the midterm election. That’s the highest turnout since 1966 for a midterm election, according to NPR. In Minnesota, more than 60 percent of eligible voters voted.

Youth voters ages 18-29 made up 13 percent of the overall electorate, according to The Atlantic. 

Early voting increased with every age group, but most noticeably increased with youth voters. More than 3.3 million voters voted early, which is a 188 percent increase from 2014, according to political-data-analysis firm TargetSmart.

To see a comparison of candidate votes, go to https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20181106.