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Incumbents lead into November

Incumbents Kim Shoe-Corrigan and Mark DeBettignies will lead the pack going to the general election for the two open city council seats. Tim Judy and Joe Kurle will join them on the general election ballot.

Results on Dakota County's web site show that Shoe-Corrigan received the most votes with 903. DeBettignies followed with 817. Judy received 587 and Kurle, 361. Dennis Winsor and Maila Ellefson were at the bottom with 316 and 23,5 respectively.

More than 3,200 Rosemount residents turned out to the polls Tuesday. City clerk Amy Domeier said the city's first municipal primary election went smoothly.

"Things went as planned," said Domeier.

The city council approved a city code ordinance in February that added a primary to the city's calendar after an unprecedented 26 candidates filed for city council in 2008. The filing of six candidates in June led to the primary election.

Domeier said some precincts had as high as 17 percent voter turn out but overall the city had about a 12 percent turnout rate, which was expected.

In November voters will choose two of the remaining four candidates to sit on the city council for the next four years. In addition to the two council seats open, the mayoral seat is up for election.

Veterinarian Kurt Hansen has thrown his hat in the ring against current mayor William Droste. The General Election will be held Nov. 2.

In other primaries of local interest incumbent Timothy Blakely received the most votes in the race for First District Court Judge despite being reprimanded recently for improperly directing business to his lawyer in exchange for a reduction of his legal bill. He will face off in November against challenger Larry Clark.

In the race for the Second District House of Representatives Apple Valley's Shelley Madore beat endorsed DFL candidate Dan Powers to earn the right to face incumbent John Kline in November.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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