In Washington County, voters elected appointed Sheriff Dan Starry, as well as new mayors in Afton, Forest Lake and Woodbury, where longtime mayors decided not to run for re-election.
Incumbent mayors in Bayport, Lakeland, Lake St. Croix Beach, Oakdale and Scandia fended off challenges.
With 92 percent of the votes tallied, Starry, who was appointed to the position last year, was winning his first election as sheriff with 58 percent of the vote. Starry, 47, a longtime veteran of the department, defeated Paul Hoppe, a Scandia resident who serves as director of public safety in Wyoming, Minn.
In District 2, Commissioner Stan Karwoski held off a challenge from Woodbury City Council member Julie Ohs. Karwoski, 61, the former mayor of Oakdale, won with 57 percent of the vote with 16 of 17 precincts recorded; Ohs received 43 percent. The district includes Oakdale, Birchwood Village, Mahtomedi, Willernie, Pine Springs, Landfall and parts of Woodbury and White Bear Lake.
In District 4, Wayne Johnson, a member of the Cottage Grove City Council, won with 52 percent of the vote. Jeff Swenson, a member of the St. Paul Park City Council, received 48 percent even though he announced several months ago that he was withdrawing from the race because of a change in his job status. The district includes Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, and parts of Woodbury and Hastings.
Council member Mara Bain emerged the victor in the crowded and heated race for mayor in Forest Lake, where Mayor Ben Winnick didn’t run for re-election. Bain received 53 percent of the vote. Council members Sam Husnik had 20 percent and Ed Eigner had 16 percent; former city council member Susan Young had 12 percent. Bain and Husnik both have two years left on their council terms; Eigner’s term is up at the end of the year.
In the race for the two open seats on the council, Kathy Bystrom and Kelly Monson were the top vote-getters among the seven candidates; each received 27 percent of the vote.
Mayor Paul Reinke, who was appointed mayor in December 2016 and later elected mayor in a special election, held off a challenge from council member Kevin Zabel. With seven of eight precincts reporting, Reinke had 64 percent of the vote.
With seven of eight precincts reporting, it was a tight race for the two open four-year seats on the council: Colleen Swedberg had 29 percent; Susan Olson had 27 percent; Mark Landis had 25 percent; and Dallas Pierson had 19 percent.
Jake Ingebrigtson, chairman of the city’s planning commission, ran unopposed and won a special election for council member at large; Ingebrigtson also is known for being a repeat winner of the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt.
For the first time since 2010, Woodbury has a new mayor. Anne Burt, a member of the city’s parks and recreation commission, planning commission and the 2040 Comprehensive Plan task force, won with 48 percent of the vote. The next highest vote-getter was Joe Hernandez, who had 25 percent.
In the race for the two open Woodbury City Council seats, the top two vote-getters were Jennifer Santini with 24 percent of the vote and Steve Morris with 15 percent.
STILLWATER SCHOOL BOARD
With 26 of 32 precincts reporting, the race for the four open seats on the Stillwater School Board was tight Tuesday night.
Shelley Pearson had 19 percent of the vote; Liz Weisberg had 17 percent; Tina Riehle had 16 percent; and Mark Burns had 13 percent. The next two highest vote-getters were Donald Hovland with 12 percent of the vote and Matthew Cooper with 11 percent.
A complete list of results from Washington County can be found here.
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