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Slavik wins Dakota County commissioner race to replace Harris

Mike Slavik of Hastings will be the next Dakota County Commissioner for District 1.

Mike Slavik won the biggest victory of his still young political life Tuesday night. And he was excited.

"I'm just very excited to begin," said Slavik, who beat Farmington city council member Christy Jo Fogarty for the Dakota County Commissioner seat in District 1.

Joe Harris is retiring from the county commission this year after 32 years of elected service.

"I want to thank everyone - it has been a long campaign," Slavik said. "I'm feeling very good."

Slavik received 16,355 votes Tuesday to Fogarty's 11,715.

Farmington supported Fogarty. She received received 5,788 votes over Slavik's 3,812 in the city. Eureka and Empire townships supported her, as well, but Castle Rock voted in favor of Slavik.

Slavik will serve a two-year term and will be up for re-election in 2014. The length of the term was determined by the redistricting completed last year after the 2010 census.

As he campaigned throughout the district, Slavik heard from people they want their commissioner to be accessible and available in every area. He listened, he said.

"I will work to represent not only the residents, but also the businesses and other constituents of the district.

Slavik's background includes a degree in political science.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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