NEWSBRIEF: South-West voters head to the polls Aug. 14 to narrow down ballots

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, several cities will hold primaries to help narrow down the candidate field before November’s general election. 

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In Inver Grove Heights, longtime Mayor George Tourville is running for re-election. Dave Casto, Jarid Friese, Greg Grover and Jonathan Weber are running against Tourville, who is finishing up his 16th year as mayor. The primary will winnow the mayoral race to two candidates.

Inver Grove Heights City Council incumbents Paul Hark and Rosemary Piekarski Krech are running for re-election. Other residents running for the two seats that will be on the November ballot are Brenda Dietrich, Daniel Hirschey, Todd Kruse, Tony Scales, Loerane Surma-Heine and John Weiser. The primary will cut the field down to two candidates for each seat.

South St. Paul is asking residents to elect three council members this fall. Incumbent Tom Seaberg is the only sitting council member running for re-election and the packed primary will narrow a field of 10 candidates to six. The other names on the primary ballot will be B.E. “Bernie” Beermann, Adam Bossert, Isaac Contreras, Sharon Dewey, Joe Kaliszewski, Thomas Miller Jr., Joanne Rothecker-Woods, Max Wallin and Michael Zellmer. 

The only West St. Paul City Council race on the primary ballot is for Ward 3. Wendy Berry, Lisa Eng-Sarne, David Meisinger and John Ramsay are vying for the seat being left by John Bellows, who is not running for re-election. The primary will narrow the four-person field to two candidates.

To find your polling place visit Election Day is Nov. 6.


— Hannah Burlingame

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