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Incumbents rule day at county primary

By Staff | Jun 9, 2010

Pierce County voters appear content with the current officeholders, judging by the results of the June 8 county primary.

Incumbents were the top vote-getters in the sheriff and three county commission elections.

-Sheriff Matt Lunde received 804 votes to 306 by challenger Kelly Keller.

-District One Commissioner Joe Bohl received 156 votes to 83 for challenger Dave Engeland.

-District Three Commissioner Richard Vetsch received 128 votes to 89 for challenger Rick Larson.

-District Five Commissioner David Migler collected 78 votes to 51 for challenger Ronald Grossman.

The primary featured several other county offices and all of those candidates were running unopposed and received high vote totals They were: Lori Miron (989 votes), county recorder; Carla Marks (988), clerk of court; Galen Mack (978), state attorney; David Anderson (998), Garrison Conservancy District. All those candidates will again run in the general election.

The Pierce County Tribune also netted 1,010 votes for official county newspaper.

Majority support Republican candidates

A majority of voters in Pierce County supported Republican candidates in the state primary, including District 7 legislative races.

R-Craig Wollenburg, Rugby, District 7 senate candidate, received 669 votes compared to 308 for incumbent D-Ryan Taylor, of Towner. House of Rep. candidates R-Jon Nelson, Rugby; and R-Dick Anderson, Willow City, also received high vote counts compared to their Democratic challengers. Nelson, an incumbent, received 657 while Anderson had 571 votes. D-Marie Marshall, of Towner, received 257 votes while D-Cindy Shattuck, of Velva, received 240. All six candidates will run again in the general election.

Complete vote totals from Pierce County are located elsewhere on this page. Totals are unofficial until the county canvassing board reviews and declares the results on Monday, June 14.

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