Finally -- a primary

Right up until 4:55 p.m. Tuesday it seemed as though Northfield voters would skip local primaries and go straight to the November election to fill three open School Board and three open City Council seats.

And then Terry Gersemehl walked into City Hall and became the third candidate running for the at-large seat.

And that meant a primary for that one race. Two other City Council races will be contested in November, while all three School Board incumbents are running completely unopposed.  

City Council incumbent James Pokorney will face a challenge by James Herreid in the first ward. In the Fourth Ward, Jon Denison and Victor Summa will run for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner. In the at-large race, Dixon Bond didn't file for re-election, but Norman Butler and Noah Cashman did. That leaves two people who have filed as of mid-afternoon Friday. Norm Butler, 1001 Division St., has filed in the at-large race. James Herreid, 13 Riverside Commons East, has filed in the first ward race.

The Northfield city website lays out the details. If more than two people file for a position, a primary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

Over at the Northfield Public Schools, incumbents Kari Nelson, Noel Stratmoen and Mike Berthelsen remained unopposed when filings closed.

Galen Malecha didn't have much opposition in the Commission at first, but by the time filings closed it was a four-way battle. Other candidates are Betsey Buckheit, David DeLong, and William Rossman.

You can check the websites for each government race, or you can go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's "Find a Candidate" page to sift through all the races in the state.  

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