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Primary election is Tuesday

It’s time for voters to pare down the long list of candidates seeking office.

Tuesday is Primary Election Day and Red Wing residents will see city and county seats on their ballots along with state and federal races.

The two Goodhue County Commissioner seats open this year, representing District 2 and District 4, both have a number of candidates.

Voters in District 2 will choose from among Brad Anderson, Nora Bryson Felton, Edward McNamara, Sarah J. Pettit and Sandy Wollschlager.

Goodhue County District 4 voters must narrow the list to two from Jim Bryant, Keith Fossen, Jason R. Majerus and Andru Peters.

In Red Wing, two races have primary elections. The at-large seat candidates are Erik C. Fridell, Kalista Kaufmann-Willi and Dustin J. Schulenberg.

Ward 4 residents also will see Daniel Johnson, Kent Laugen, Peggy Rehder and Ernest W. Stone on the ballot.

The other two city races, for combined Wards 1 and 2 and for Ward 3, do not require a primary but will come up in the general election. The Wards 1 and 2 seat only has one candidate and Ward 3 has two.

Many other area cities, townships, school boards and other local races — including for county sheriff and attorney — will be on the November ballot but don’t require primary election voting.

Most local races are non-partisan. For state and federal races and others that are organized by party, voters do not need to publically declare affiliation with a party, but voting for candidates from more than one party voids all votes in the party portion of the ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office noted.

Absentee voting

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reported Thursday that 26,457 absentee ballots have been distributed to voters so far for the primary. Of those, 15,883 ballots have been returned and accepted, compared to 8,418 at this in time in 2012 and 20,919 in 2010. Absentee ballots must be returned no later than primary election day.

Absentee voting in person can be done today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at local elections offices, such as city hall.

Absentee voting no longer requires and excuse from the voter.

More details on the web

•Goodhue County election information is available at

•Red Wing election information, including a list of polling places, is available at

•To see a sample of your local ballot, visit

•Check voter registration status at

•Find more information, including absentee ballot lookup, a polling place finder and registration details, at the secretary of state’s website

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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