Brossart upsets incumbent; Migler, Larson retain seats
Pierce County has a new commissioner as voters in District 1 helped challenger Mike Brossart beat incumbent Joe Bohl by a slim margin.
Brossart received 154 votes to Bohl’s 142 (51.85 percent to 47.81 percent).
“I was pleased to hear the turnout,” Brossart said. “First thing I want to say is thank you to everybody who did vote for me. I hope that I can do the job for them.”
The win marks the first time Brossart has been elected to public office.
“First of all, I want to take care of District 1,” Brossart said. “That’s the people who voted for me and that’s who I’m representing and I’ll deal with the things that come up with other commissioners, like the correctional center and things like that.”
Bohl served two terms in the position.
“I’ll have to congratulate him,” Bohl said. “Yeah, I knew it’d be very close.”
Dave Migler won reelection and will serve a fourth term in District 5. Migler beat challenger Joe Volk with 227 votes to 200 (53.04 percent to 46.73 percent).
“I just appreciate the people taking the time to go out and vote for me and giving me another four years,” said Migler, who declined to comment further.
Volk plans to continue as the Reno Valley Township chairman.
“If the voters want Dave Migler, that’s OK,” Volk said. “They elected him. It doesn’t bother me. I didn’t want him to run unopposed. People voted and I’m glad there was a good turnout.”
Volk expected the race to be within 20 to 30 votes.
“You’re up against a 12-year incumbent,” Volk said. “He has a track record and I don’t. I guess he’s doing his job and he got rewarded for it, so congratulations.”
Volk said he doesn’t expect to run again, but didn’t rule it out.
District 3 Commissioner Rick Larson won unopposed, receiving 251 votes with 23 going to write-ins. Larson will serve his second term.
“I’m pleased with the result,” Larson said. “Sometimes a lot of people don’t even vote when someone’s not running against you.”
Larson, also the City of Rugby public works supervisor, said he would like to work on improving relationships between the city and county.
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