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Voters face primary choices Aug. 12

It’s time once again for eligible voters to participate in some democracy. The 2014 primary election will be held Aug. 12. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

The primary election allows voters to decide which candidates will represent their political party in the general election, held in November.

Additionally, Rosemount residents will narrow the city council candidate field from five to four. Municipal races are nonpartisan.

Two city council terms are up for election this year. The seats are currently held by Kim Shoe-Corrigan, who did not file for reelection and Mark DeBettignies.

The city council field for the two open seats includes three-term incumbent DeBettignies, Jamal Abdulahi, Kerry Hiben, Shaun Nelson and Alba Nowlin.

For more information about the candidates, profiles are available on this website as well.

Farmington also has city and school elections this year, but neither has a primary.

The Independent Town Pages will print information next week on candidates in the primary election for Dakota County Commissioner.

Residents can look up their polling location at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website,

Rosemount consists of seven precincts. Due to construction at the Steeple Center, voters in Precinct 4 will vote at the Robert Trail Library.

Those who have not registered to vote can do so at their polling location. To register, residents must provide proof of residence. Accepted proofs of residence include a valid Minnesota driver’s license, a Minnesota ID card or permit with current address, a photo ID and a document, such as an electric bill, that has your current address.

Voters who are not able to get to their polling place on election day can vote absentee. Absentee voters can submit a ballot by mail, in person or by using a designated agent.

Visit the city’s website to learn more about voting absentee at

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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