The 2018 mid-terms are over, and most local races ended up being very close.
The 2018 mid-terms are over, and most local races ended up being very close. At this time, all results are unofficial until canvassing boards certify the election results.
Perhaps the biggest surprise locally was in the city council race where current Council President Marvin Garbe was unseated. Three seats were up for election on the council, with four candidates in the running.
In the closely contested race, Steve Sulflow and Bryce Curtiss each received 26 percent of the vote. In his third try at being elected to the council, Daniel Sanborn received 23 percent, which narrowly edged Garbe who had 22 percent of the vote.
In the mayoral race, Jim Curtiss won with 67 percent of the vote, while Debra Lee Fader received nearly 30 percent of the vote despite withdrawing from the race last month.
In results for Chippewa County, Derek Olson defeated Shawn Joyce for the County Sheriff position which was up for grabs due to the impending retirement of current Sheriff Stacy Tufto.
Olson received 54 percent of the vote to Joyce’s 45 percent. Olson received strong support in the communities of Montevideo and Granite Falls, while Joyce received strong support in the Maynard/Clara City area.
In the race for County Attorney, Matthew Haugen defeated Douglas Kluver. Haugen garnered 53 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Kluver.
For Chippewa County Commissioner, District 1, incumbent Matt Gilbertson ran unopposed and was re-elected with 99 percent of the vote.
In the hotly contested District 5 race, Dave Lieser won, earning 60 percent of the vote as opposed to challenger Todd Hay’s 40 percent.
For the County Soil and Water Supervisor races, in District 1 Michelle Overholser defeated Ray Trager. Both Colin Eisenlohr in District 2, and Steve Jacobson in District 4 ran unopposed.
Three seats were up for grabs on the Montevideo School Board, with four candidates vying for those seats.
Incumbents Joe Helgeson and Andrew Stenson were re-elected to serve on the school board. They will be joined by newcomer Kelly Snell.
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