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One fresh face, one familiar in council race

Christy Jo Fogarty won what she said will be her final city council term Tuesday.1 / 2
Jason Bartholomay beat incumbent Steve Wilson Tuesday.2 / 2

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.

The numbers were slow to come in Tuesday, but when the last of the precincts reported, Fogarty and Bartholomay were the clear winners. Fogarty led with 2,409 votes, followed by Bartholomay's 2,151. Wilson trailed by more than 100 votes, receiving a total of 1,976.

David Pritzlaff received 1,834 votes, Jerry Ristow 1,378, Don Hayes 1,033 and Lenny Hall, 511. There were 49 write-in votes cast.

Second time around

Bartholomay first tried for a council seat in the 2008 election. He lost, but he didn't lose faith.

Instead, he came back and tried again this year. His decision to run again was simple. Things hadn't changed in two years, and he still thought he could make a difference.

"We are still not getting the business development squared away. That's where our growth from this recession will begin. I know I can be that person to make that difference," he said Tuesday night.

He spent the evening going from precinct to precinct, trying to catch the numbers as they came in. He eventually headed home, and sometime after 9:40 p.m., he got a phone call. "Congratulations," the caller said. And then, he knew for sure he had been elected.

"You just don't know what's going on in the minds of the voters," he said. "It's tough to put yourself out there. The time, the commitment. But I'm all in."

Bartholomay is looking forward to being a city council member. While he had his own concerns with city government before going into the campaign season, he learned about the concerns of others while out door-knocking. Bartholomay hopes he will be able to address many of those concerns while in office.

He also congratulated Fogarty on her win, and thanked Wilson for his service to the community, as well as all of the candidates for the views they brought forward during the campaign season.

Third time around

In her third election, Fogarty led the race, which even she found a little surprising.

"I'm very grateful," she said Tuesday night. "It's an anti-incumbent year, and the residents of Farmington are trusting me to lead them for another four years."

Fogarty didn't plan any big celebrations to watch the results come in. She and her family and some close friends hung out at Celts, where they were able to monitor the results. Fogarty said this will be her last election.

Even if it is her final term, Fogarty still has things she wants to take care of before she steps down.

For one thing, Fogarty wants to continue working to keep the tax rate down. And while she is pleased the city has done a lot of long-term planning on several fronts, she would still like to see a long-term plan for the city's parks and trails system.

"That's an important asset for our city. It's a regional destination. People tell me they come down just to use our trails, so we have to make sure we keep that maintained for our parks in the future," she said.

Though she admits to being a little surprised Wilson was not reelected, Fogarty acknowledges there was a lot of good competition for the two open seats this year.

"Farmington is fortunate there are so many people who are interested in public office. It's no short undertaking and they should all be commended for trying," she said.

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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