Every vote counts. That saying is certainly true with the results of the Sibley County Commissioner Four Primary Election.
The slate of candidates for Sibley County Commissioner Districts Four and One were narrowed to two in each race by the Primary election Tuesday. Three candidates filed for District One, and seven candidates filed in District Four. The positions will be filled in the November 2 general election.
The District Four Sibley County Commissioner race came down to absentee ballots Tuesday. Seven candidates filed for the seat that will be vacated by Charlie Woehler.
Joy Cohrs of New Auburn Township was the top vote-getter with 226. The second highest vote getter was Steve Gillaspie of Green Isle Township, who received 114 votes.
Ricky Buboltz of Grafton Township received 108 votes, and Kathi Gruenhagen of Moltke Township received 106 votes. Mark Alsleben received 33 votes, Catherine Lorenz 24 votes, and Luayn Murphy 10 votes.
Although Cohrs maintained a high lead, it was the second highest vote-getter that was determined by the absentee ballots. Prior to absentee ballots being counted, Buboltz had received the second highest votes with 107, Gillaspie was at 106, and Gruenhagen was at 104.
Gillaspie received eight absentee votes, Gruenhagen two, and Buboltz one. Cohrs also received two.
District Four includes the City of Green Isle, City of New Auburn, Green Isle Township, New Auburn Township, Transit Township, Bismarck Township, Moltke Township, and Grafton Township.
Leo Anderly and Jim Nytes were the top vote-getters for the First Commissioner District. Anderly, the incumbent, received 200 votes. Nytes received 199. The third candidate, Morris Lieske, received 116.
The First Commissioner District includes the City of Henderson, and Washington Lake, Henderson, Jessenland, and Faxon Townships.
DFL Governor race
Sibley County Democrats supported candidate Mark Dayton with 552 votes over the DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher with 340 votes. Matt Entenza received 322 votes, and Peter Idusogie received 8.
Early Wednesday morning, the Associated Press declared Dayton a winner over Kelliher 41% to 40%.
High Voter Turn Out
Sibley County, overall, had a 23.89% voter turnout, although many precincts with a County Commissioner race had more than a 30% voter turn out. There were 1,981 ballots cast. There are 8,292 registered voters.
Sixty-three absentee ballots were cast. Because of a state change, the absentee ballots are now counted in the County Auditor’s Office instead of in the respective precinct. Absentee ballots were counted after ballots were counted in the 24 precincts. The final election results were available at 1:15 a.m.