ELECTIONS – Filing closes for state, county seats

Filing for state and county seats up for election this November officially came to a close Tuesday afternoon.

Every state senate and state representative seat will be up for election in November because of redistricting. Incumbent state senator Julianne Ortman, a Republican, will run for re-election in District 47, and incumbent state representative Ernie Leidiger, also a Republican, will also run for re-election in District 47A.

Ortman will be challenged in the state senate race by Bruce R. Schwichtenberg, a fellow Republican, and James F. Weygand of the DFL party. Leidige will be challenged by DFLer Keith Pickering for the seat in the state house.

Because of redistricting at the county level, all five Carver County Commissioner seats will also be on the ballot this November, and all five incumbents will seek re-election. Gayle Degler, (District 1), Tom Workman (District 2), Randy Maluchnik (District 3), Tim Lynch (District 4) and Jim Ische (District 5) have all filed. Other candidates have also emerged in each district to challenge the incumbents. In District 1, John Siegfried will challenge Degler; in District 2, Donald T. Smith, Bethany Tjornhom and Cheryl Ayotte will challenge Workman; in District 3, Vince Beaudette and Jay E. Swanson will run against Maluchnik; in District 4, Frank Long and Steve Duske will run against Lynch; and in District 5, Jim Walter will run against Ische.

Three candidates have also filed for the Soil and Water Supervisor seats in Carver County. Ted Beise has filed in District 1, Harland Dobratz has filed in District 2 and Bill Bohnen has filed in District 3.