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The Voters Will Decide

By Staff | Apr 3, 2012

When the June 5 Primary Election rolls around, voters around Palo Alto County will have some decisions to make. With the March 28 deadline to file nomination papers for the June Primary Election, two contested elections will be found on ballots in the county. Of the two contested offices, one will be a countywide contest.

The countywide primary contest will come in the race for Palo Alto County Sheriff, as two Democratic candidates have filed their nomination petitions. Lynn J. Schultes of Emmetsburg, a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office and Todd D. Suhr of Ruthven, Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office, will face-off for the Democratic nomination, while the lone Republican candidate is Darrin E. Adams of Emmetsburg, a member of the Emmetsburg Police Department.

The other contested Primary race will be for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors. In Supervisor District Five, there are three Democratic candidates for the seats, which has no incumbent due to re-districting at the end of 2011. Ed Noonan of Ayrshire formerly represented the district.

Those candidates for the Democratic nomination in District Five include Sherman E. Hilfiker of Emmetsburg, Thomas J. Leonard of Emmetsburg and Linus J. Solberg of Cylinder. Also running for the District Five nomination on the Republican ticket is Bertha Mathis of Emmetsburg.

In Supervisor District Three, incumbent Supervisor Leo Goeders of Emmetsburg is running for re-election on the Democratic ticket, and will face a challenge from Republican Ed Noonan of Ayrshire, who is also an incumbent supervisor who formerly represented District Five. Due to the State Re-districting of the five supervisor districts last year, Noonan and Goeders now both reside in District Three, setting up the contest in the General Election in November.

The final Supervisor seat is in District Four, where incumbent Republican supervisor Ron Graettinger of Graettinger is running unopposed for re-election to his seat.

Due to the retirement of County Auditor Gary Leonard at the end of 2011, Carmen Moser of Cylinder was appointed to fill the vacancy by the Board of Supervisors. Moser has filed nomination papers to run for the office of County Auditor on the Republican ticket and is unopposed for the office.