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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Tie votes untangled in Morton, Vesta

  • While most candidates whose name appeared on the Nov. 6 general election ballot are still celebrating their victory or are lamenting defeat, a small minority still do not know their fate....
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  • While most candidates whose name appeared on the Nov. 6 general election ballot are still celebrating their victory or are lamenting defeat, a small minority still do not know their fate.
    Among those are a few local races where there were some interesting outcomes.
    There was a tie vote in Morton, one person was elected to two different positions in Vesta, and in those areas where write-in candidates were the only option discussions about their options begin after city councils canvass results.
    According to Shirley Dove, Morton city clerk, residents again elected Carl Colwell as their mayor, but it may be a while before they know who is going to be joining him at city council meetings.
    No one filed to be a candidate for the two open seats on the council, and after the write-in votes were tabulated, there were three people still in the running for those two council seats.
    One of the write-ins received 30 votes, with two others each receiving 29 votes.
    In a race that close, Dove said the plan is to conduct a recount, which is being done this coming Wednes-day at 8:30 a.m. in the Renville County courthouse in Olivia.
    Several miles to the southwest the City of Vesta has an issue of its own as a result of the election.
    According to Jean Gladitsch, Vesta city clerk, there was an individual who had filed to be a member of the city council and as a result of the election did win that seat.
    The issue is that same person also won a write-in campaign to serve as mayor for the City of Vesta.
    Gladitsch said the city council is going to canvass the results from the election, and then the individual is going to be asked to select which position they are going to fill.
    After that, the council is going to have to declare a vacancy for the other position, as one can’t just select the next candidate in a case like this.
    Some of the other results include:
    • Election of Angie Jemmings, with 901 votes, Clay Kleinschmidt, with 831 votes, Tim Sandgren, with 776 votes and Joseph Sullivan, 677 votes to the Cedar Mountain school board. A fifth candidate, Richard Tietz, received 539 votes.
    • The election of Dianne Donner, 112 votes, and Janet Anderson, 94 votes, to the Belview city council. Barb Lewis, received 74 votes, and Bennie Guza received 25 votes.
    • In Lamberton, Darrell Knutson, 257 votes, and Terry Neperman, 242 votes, were elected to the city council, with Bill Schaffran, 196 votes, elected as Lamberton’s mayor.
    • Christopher Kramer, 76 votes, and Perry (PJ) Bock, with 61 votes, were elected to the Lucan city council.
    • There were 11 write-in votes cast for the two city council seats in Morgan. Those results are going ot be canvassed tomorrow, and then the two individuals who received the most votes would be approached to see if they will serve.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Karen Lemcke, 72 votes, and Cassandra Engelmann, 49 votes, were elected to the Vest city council.
    • Carol Remiger, 236 votes, and Rachel Ingebretson, 220 votes, were elected to the Wabasso city council.
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