Former State Rep. gets nod in Dist. 25 Primary


Although Henderson Mayor Keith Swenson received the nod of Sibley County Republicans in the District 25 Primary Election, it was not enough to defeat the endorsed Republican candidate, former state Rep. Ray Cox.

Swenson garnered 162 votes in Sibley County during the Primary, held Tuesday, Dec. 18. Cox received 115 and Rod Tietz 16.

DFL-endorsed candidate Kevin Dahle received 26 votes. Independence Party candidate Vance Norgaard received two votes.

The special election will be held January 3 in order to fill the seat of longtime Republican Tom Neuville, who was appointed to a district court judgeship last month.

District-wide, Cox earned 2,029 votes or 67% of the votes cast in the Republican Primary. Tietz finished second with 649 votes or 21%, and Swenson trailed at 363 votes or 12%.

The three endorsed party candidates are from Northfield.

Cox is a construction company owner who represented the eastern half of the Senate district during two terms in the state House. Dahle is a teacher at Northfield High School.

The eastern portion of Sibley County – Arlington, Green Isle, New Auburn, and Henderson, along wit the townships of Arlington, Faxon, Green Isle, Henderson, Jessenland, New Auburn and Washington Lake – are part of District 25. The district also includes all of Le Sueur and Rice Counties and part of Scott County.

There was a 7% voter turnout for the Primary election in Sibley County. 323 votes were cast. There were 4,482 registered voters in the 11 Sibley County precincts. Five persons registered on election day, according to the County Auditor’s Office.

Polls at most precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Exceptions are Faxon Township, where they will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Hall in rural Belle Plaine, and New Auburn Township, where they will be open at the town hall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.