Voters get set for primaryPublished 9:33am Monday, August 13, 2012
Area residents and people across the state will narrow down the field of candidates in several races Tuesday during the primary election.
In Albert Lea, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On the ballot will be the race for Albert Lea mayor. Running for the seat are incumbent mayor Vern Rasmussen, former Albert Lea City councilor John Severtson and former Freeborn County and Albert Lea Township official Keith Porter Sr.
Voters collectively will choose two out of the three candidates to move on to the Nov. 6 general election.
Polling places are the same as in previous years for most wards, but have changed for this election for both wards 1 and 5.
Polling places in the city include the following:
• 1st Ward: Fairlane Building at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds
• 2nd Ward: First Baptist Church of Albert Lea
• 3rd Ward: United Methodist Church
• 4th Ward: Grace Lutheran Church
• 5th Ward: Albert Lea City Council Chambers
• 6th Ward: Halverson Elementary School
3rd District Freeborn County commissioner
Voters in Albert Lea wards 4 and 5, along with residents in Albert Lea Township may narrow down the candidates to two in the 3rd District commissioner race.
Running in this race are incumbent Jim Nelson, a farmer and trucker; Ron Steckman, former president of Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services; and David Shoff, owner of a hotel marketing business.
Republican voters will be asked to choose one of two candidates to face off against DFLer Craig A. Brenden of Waseca.
Running are Republicans Larry Johnson and John Petersburg, both of Waseca.
Voters across the state will narrow down the candidates in the U.S. Senate race.
Nine candidates have filed for this seat:
• Independence Party: Glen R. Anderson Menze and Stephen Williams.
• Republican Party: Kurt Bills, Bob Carney Jr. and David Carlson.
• DFL Party: Amy Klobuchar, Dick Franson, Jack Edward Shepard, and Darryl Stanton.
1st District Congress
Republican voters in the 1st District will select either Mike Parry or Allen Quist to face off against DFLer Tim Walz in the November election.
Voters in the United South Central School District will vote whether they support the school’s $29 million plan to build a new facility, paid for over 20 years by an increase in property taxes.
People can vote at their regular polling places.