As an assistant to the superintendent, Nancy Bjerke spent more than a decade running elections for the Farmington School District. She’s retired now, but you’ll still find her at the polls on Election Day.
There was no mistaking the will of District 192 voters on Tuesday. After a summer in which parents complained about staffing decisions and a campaign in which candidates raised questions about where the district spends its money, voters opted for a complete change on the Farmington School Board.
Every candidate gets a little anxious on Election Day. Here in Farmington, though, a few city council candidates got a little feisty, too. A few of the city council candidates took last-minute issue with the location of signs for one of their challengers, Jason Bartholomay.
In a rare defeat of an incumbent judge, Red Wing resident Larry Clark unseated Judge Timothy Blakely in the First Judicial District.
Clark, an assistant Dakota County attorney, said called the victory "an extreme honor."
The name on the door will change this year in Senate District 36, but the political party of the person working behind that door will not.
Republican Dave Thompson beat DFL opponent Steve Quist Tuesday in the race to replace longtime state Senator Pat Pariseau, who did not seek re-election after 20 years in the Senate.
There will be one new face on the Farmington City Council come January.
Jason E. Bartholomay finished second in the 2010 Farmington City Council race, unseating incumbent Steve Wilson. In January, Bartholomay will join Christy Jo Fogarty at the council table.
Pat Garofalo won his fourth term in the Minnesota House of Representatives going away.
Garofalo, a Republican, received nearly twice as many votes as DFL challenger Sigrid Iversen, 12,317 to 6,381. The win provided one familiar face in a sea of change on election night.
Lori Swanson’s record as Minnesota’s attorney general might not be without blemish, but her performance has been good enough to justify her re-election. She has distinguished herself as a people’s AG by using resources to ensure Minnesota residents are not abused by scam artists and unethical business people. She’s only been at it for part of one term, but she seems to have focused the office’s limited resources on the people who need the AG’s help most.
Patricia Anderson, who was Minnesota’s state auditor from 2002 to 2006, is seeking to return to the office. She was an activist auditor, and that energy is part of what recommends her for election to the job Nov. 2.
I’ll admit that when I first cast a vote for Steve Wilson for city council, I was new to Farmington, not entirely familiar with the issues, and voted for Steve primarily because he knocked on my door and asked me to.
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