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June Primary Election Wiil Feature Single Contested Race

Changes In Store For County Offices

April 1, 2014
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

The June Primary races for offices in Palo Alto County government will feature just one contested race, following the final deadline for filing nomination petitions on Wednesday, March 26. A total of six county offices will appear on the ballots for the June 3 Primary elections in the county.

The lone Primary contest will come for County Supervisor District Five, where two Democratic candidates will square off for the nomination to run for the seat on the Democratic ticket for the general election in November. Mary Kunz Hilfiker, who is currently serving in her third term as the Palo Alto County Treasurer, will challenge incumbent Supervisor Linus Solberg of Cylinder.

As Kunz Hilfiker has chosen not to run for re-election to the post of County Treasurer, he lone announced candidate for the position is Robin Jamison, who currently serves as Deputy County Auditor. Jamison has filed nomination papers on the Republican ticket for the office.

For County Supervisor for District Two, Incumbent Republican Supervisor Craig Merrill, who was elected last November to serve the remainder of the late Jerry Hofstad's term of office, has filed papers for re-election to a full term on the Board. Also filing papers for election to the seat is Democratic Candidate Steven Farnsworth.

For County Supervisor of District One, Incumbent Supervisor Keith Wirtz has filed for re-election to his seat on the board on the Republican ticket.

There are two announced candidates for the position of Palo Alto County Attorney. Incumbent County Attorney Lyssa Henderson has filed for re-election on the Republican ticket, while former County Attorney Peter C. Hart has filed nomination papers for the office representing the Democratic party.

For the office of Palo Alto County Recorder, Incumbent Democrat Bonnie Whitney has chosen not to run for re-election to her post. Filing nomination papers for the office is Susan Ruppert of Mallard, Deputy Recorder, who is running on the Republican ticket.



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