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Little suspense in township elections

It was a pretty quiet night at the polls in surrounding townships Tuesday.

With two of three townships holding uncontested races, the winners in Empire Township and Castle Rock Township were decided long before the polls closed.

Officially, though, Empire Township Board chairman Terry Holmes received a total of 27 votes. In Castle Rock Township, Mike Rademacher was the lone name on the ballot, though incumbent Pete Schaffer had originally filed for reelection. Schaffer pulled out of the Castle Rock race, leaving Rademacher alone on the ballot. Rademacher received 85 votes. There were also seven write-in votes cast.

In Eureka Township, board chairman Brian Budenski ran unopposed. He received 189 votes, with 69 write-ins cast for his position.

The only contested race in the area was a close one. Incumbent Carrie Jenkins was defeated by Pete Storlie for the position of supervisor 2.

Storlie nosed past Jenkins with his 137 votes to her 134. One write-in was cast in that race, as well.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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