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Incumbents sweep Tuesday's township elections in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka

Castle Rock Township officials will now be able to appoint the township clerk, after a close vote in Tuesday's township elections.

The question of whether the clerk's position should be appointed or elected passed on a 98-73 vote. It was the only question on a ballot for any of Farmington's surrounding townships.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka. Castle Rock experienced the highest voter turnout, with as many as 175 ballots being cast in the race for the Supervisor B seat. In that race, incumbent David Nicolai regained his position on the board by receiving 115 votes to challenger Jeff Partington's 60 votes.

Russ Zellmer ran unopposed for his Supervisor A seat. Zellmer received 120 votes. Another 20 write-in votes were cast by township voters.

Eureka township had a close race, too, as Supervisor 5 incumbent Kenneth Miller squeaked past challenger Nancy Sauber by just two votes. Miller received 154 votes to 152 for Sauber. There was one write-in vote.

Jamie Elvestad reclaimed his seat on the Empire Board of Supervisors. The incumbent, Elvestad received all 23 of the votes cast Tuesday. He ran unopposed.

Michelle Leonard

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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