Incumbents survive primary to move onto November election

At the close of primary polling Aug. 14, incumbents in local city races came out on top and will be on the ballot in the general election in November.

Current Inver Grove Heights Mayor George Tourville will be on the ballot again after getting almost 50 percent of the vote in the mayoral primary. His challenger will be Jonathan Weber, who earned roughly 20 percent of the vote.

The Inver Grove Heights City Council race, which has two seats up for election, was narrowed from a field of eight candidates to four. Incumbent council members Rosemary Piekarski Krech and Paul Hark won approximately 24 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively, and will appear on this fall's ballot. Their challengers will be Brenda Dietrich, who earned roughly 22 percent of the vote, and Todd Kruse, who won 12 percent. 

In South St. Paul, incumbent council member Tom Seaberg won the largest share of the vote with 17.2 percent. The other slots on the general election ballot will be filled by Sharon Dewey, 15 percent; Joanne Rothecker-Woods, 14.13 percent; Joe Kaliszewski, 14.11 percent; Isaac Contreras, 10 percent; and B.E. "Bernie" Beermann, 8.1 percent. The six candidates are vying for three seats. 

Wendy Berry and David Meisinger earned roughly 43 and 26 percent of the vote, respectively, in West St. Paul's Ward 3 city council primary. It's an open race, with current Ward 3 council member John Bellows not running for re-election.

The general election is Nov. 6. To search other candidate filings for races that did not hold primaries visit www.candidates.sos.state.mn.us.

– Hannah Burlingame

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