Ische defends District 5 seat

Longtime Carver County Commissioner Jim Ische successfully defended his District 5 seat against challenger Jim Walter in the Nov. 6 election.

Ische collected 4,526 votes (53 percent) compared to Walter’s 3,936 votes (46 percent).

Contacted after all the precincts reported on Tuesday night, Ische was already out traveling the district picking up some of his 675 campaign signs.

“I had a very hardworking opponent. We both worked very hard this particular go-around and I’m thankful for the support,” he said. “We’ve preached about lowering taxes for the last seven years, which we did. We’ve tried to hold the line as much as possible, and I think that’s the biggest reason we’ve survived.”

Walter also said he appreciated those voters who came out to support him.

“I want to thank the people who had the confidence to vote for me, knowing that I would have gotten the job done and I would have brought some accountability to the county,” he said. “I gave it my best shot. I said along, if Jim Ische wins this, he deserves it. And everybody that voted for him, deserves him.”