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Red Wing City Council ballot set

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A number of people had hoped to serve on the Red Wing City Council, but Tuesday’s primary election eliminated three candidates and narrowed each race to a maximum of two people.

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Dustin Schulenberg and Erik Fridell took the top spots in the at-large race, leaving candidate Kalista Kaufmann-Willi off the general election ballot.

Incumbent Peggy Rehder will face Kent Laugen this fall; Ernest Stone and Daniel Johnson did not make it through the primary.

According to results reported by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, Schulenberg received nearly 54 percent of the vote Tuesday for the at-large seat, while Fridell got slightly more than 30 percent.

Marilyn Meinke, current at-large City Council member, did not run again.

Schulenberg said he went into the primary race feeling fairly confident.

“I had a real good feeling about it,” Schulenberg said, but noted he knows there is a lot to do between now and the Nov. 4 general election.

“I’m very happy, but the work isn’t done yet,” he said Tuesday night.

Fridell said he also was pleased with the results and plans to campaign and talk more with residents in the coming months.

“I’m very open to what anybody wants to talk about,” he said, adding that the at-large council member needs to understand the varied issues that face different parts of the city.

Fridell said he hopes the campaign will mean many debates and chances to talk about the issues.

The at-large seat originally had four candidates, but Kenneth Bush was removed from the ballot after a Goodhue County District Court judge determined he wasn’t eligible to run.

In the Ward 4 primary, current council member Rehder got more than 52 percent of the votes cast.

“I’m grateful to have received the majority of the vote in a four-way race,” she said. “I look forward to the general election in November when the issues can be more fully discussed.”

Rehder said she will be campaigning, but also focusing on her work on the City Council, especially as the budget process ramps up.

Laugen, who received just less than 21 percent of Ward 4’s votes, said he is excited for the campaign.

“It gives us more time to get the issues out to people,” he said.

Laugen said he’s looking forward to discussing issues and talking about the differences between him and Rehder.

All the candidates lamented low voter turnout, which was common throughout the state in Tuesday’s primary election.

About 13 percent of Red Wing’s registered voters went to the polls. The turnout was slightly higher at 14.4 percent in Ward 4.

This November, voters also will be asked to pick the Red Wing City Council member in the combined Wards 1 and 2 seat and in the Ward 3 spot.

Current council member Dean Hove is the only registered candidate for the Wards 1 and 2 seat. Dan Munson and Rick Voges are seeking the Ward 3 spot. Council member Mike Schultz, who currently holds that seat, is not seeking re-election.

The Red Wing City Council will meet at 7:30 a.m. this Friday to canvass the election results and finalize them.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
(651) 301-7877
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