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Primary coming up Aug. 9

The upcoming primary Aug. 9 has a lean ballot, but the general election ballot Nov. 8 is packed.

The state partisan primary election Aug. 9 ballot includes four options for the U.S. Representative office for the Republican Party. They are John Howe, Matthew Erickson, Darlene Miller and Jason Lewis.

Candidates are seeking to fill Republican Rep. John Kline’s seat. He announced his retirement last year after seven terms in Congress.

Business owner Darlene Miller was endorsed by Kline as his successor, but the Republican Party endorsed radio talk-show host Jason Lewis.

Howe, of Red Wing, served as state senator from 2011 to 2013, and Erickson, of Cottage Grove, founded Minnesotans for Trump.

The DFL Party has Angie Craig, human resource leader at St. Jude’s, running unopposed.

The only other item on the ballot is the Minnesota Supreme Court, Associate Justice 6. Running for that office are Craig Foss, Michelle MacDonald and Incumbent Natalie Hudson.

Hudson was appointed by Gov. Dayton last year, after Justice Alan Page retired. As a new appointee, Hudson is required to run in the next general election.

MacDonald has made headlines since 2013 when she was arrested by a Rosemount police officer on suspicion of driving drunk, a charge she was later acquitted of.

Three seats up for grabs in Nov. 8 election

As for the Nov. 8 ballot, besides the presidential contenders, two city council seats and the mayor’s term will expire this year.

Mayor Todd Larson said he will be running again. “Things are going really good with the city right now,” he said of the council’s work to get Farmington back in the black again.

“I just want to see those keep going.”

Councilman Douglas Bonar said he will make his announcement after the filing date.

Donnelly had not responded by press time.

Mayor Larson and Councilman Donnelly were both elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Councilman Bonar has served one four-year term.

The city also will have two questions on the ballot asking for up to $12.3 million for a parks and recreation referendum.

Candidacy filing begins Aug. 2. Those interested in running for office have until Aug. 16 to file an affidavit of candidacy at city hall for a $5 fee.

On the Farmington school board, a special election will be held in November to fill vice chair Tera Lee’s remaining two-year term. She left the board to take a position as a school teacher in Farmington.

The board will also have three seats up for re-election. Treasurer Laura Beem, Clerk Jake Cordes and Chair Julie Singewald all have terms expiring.

Clerk Cordes has announced he will run again.

“We have become a leader in our region, state, and even country in innovative, personalized learning,” he said. “I want to continue that innovation.”

Treasurer Beem said she will not run again. “I am trying to be more focused on family and career,” she said. “By being involved in more things, I spread myself too thin on everything.”

Chair Singewald is still undecided.

Those interested in running can file an affidavit of candidacy between Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 with the school district clerk for a $2 fee. A candidate for this office must be an eligible voter, must be at least 21 years of age and must have been a resident of the school district for 30 days before the general election.

Also on the ballot is the MN State Senate seat for District 58. Republican Tim Pitcher, also a Farmington city council member, will run against Lakeville’s DFL contender Matt Little. The winner will replace Sen. Dave Thompson, who is not seeking re-election because he is moving to North Carolina.

To find your polling site, go to http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

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