Primary election set for Tuesday

The first real test of the 2012 election season for several local candidates is just around the corner as citizens will visit the polls to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Local primary races include State Senate District 47, featuring Republican incumbent Julianne Ortman against challenger Bruce Schwichtenberg, and Carver County Commissioner District 4, featuring incumbent Tim Lynch and challengers Steve Duske and Frank Long. The cities of Mayer and Watertown are both in District 4, as are Hollywood and Watertown Townships. A question and answer piece with each candidate was included in last week’s Aug. 2 edition of the Carver County News.

In Senate District 47, the winner between Ortman and Schwichtenberg will face James F. Weygand (DFL) in the general election in November. In the Carver County Commissioner District 4 race, the two candidates that receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election.

Mayer, Watertown and New Germany residents each vote at their respective city halls. Township residents should also vote at their respective township halls.

Residents are urged to verify their polling place, view sample ballots and check their registration status by visiting the county’s elections Web site found at

If you are unable to vote in person on election day due to one of the following reasons you may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person: