Editorial: Residents have a choice to make in November
Things are about to get interesting in the world of Rosemount politics. The primaries are over, in the cases where they were held. The filing is closed. And voters are guaranteed to have some choices when they go to the polls in November.
In two local races the field has been narrowed at least somewhat. Voters in the Minnesota Senate race eliminated Democrat Mike Germain, who was challenging former Rosemount High School principal Greg Clausen, the endorsed DFL candidate.
Things were more crowded in the Rosemount City Council race, where voters narrowed a field of six to four. Rosemount residents will decide in November among incumbent Jeff Weisensel and challengers Vanessa Demuth, Joseph Zanmiller and Joe Kurle.
Rosemount residents were guaranteed at least one fresh voice on the council next year when incumbent Matt Kearney, who was appointed to replace the departed Kurt Bills, chose not to seek election.
Two candidates, Wade Miller and Maila Ellefson, will end their campaigns, but they deserve some appreciation for being willing to participate in the process.
Speaking of Bills, he won a primary of his own, though it was not closely contested. He is now the sole Republican candidate facing incumbent U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also won a primary race handily Tuesday.
It's a lot to keep track of, and this is only the beginning. The real activity starts now. The real prize is still to be claimed.
Whatever happens in November, this is always an exciting time, as we get to know the people who have stepped forward to do what is a largely thankless job.
We will spend time in the weeks between now and Election Day helping you get the information you need to make an informed decision, but for now we can simply appreciate the people who have put their names into the hat. They have provided voters with a choice, and that is an important thing to have.