State, county are models to follow

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reported Wednesday that 2,593,922 voters participated in the 2018 statewide general election. That number represents a 63.82 percent participation rate, which is the highest percentage in Minnesota for a midterm election since 2002. It was also the largest raw total for a midterm election in Minnesota history. Simon claims Minnesota elections are a model for the nation. He probably is right.

Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg also reported high participation levels. Lyon County voting should be a model for others to follow as well. Participation is highly encouraged in the state and county, and that’s vital to carry out the Democratic process.

As always there are disappointments for some voters in Minnesota, southwest Minnesota and Lyon County. However, all the winners were strong candidates — especially in Marshall and in Lyon County.

There will be one new face on the Marshall City Council. Russ Labat will replace David Sturrock in Ward 2. Labat has been active in various community organizations and events for many years. His experience will come in handy as the City Council addresses important issues.

The Marshall Public Schools board will also have a new board member. Voters showed a lot of confidence in Sara Runchey in helping the district as it continues to struggle with challenges involving facilities. Runchey received the most votes by nearly 800 votes.

And Lyon County has a new sheriff in Eric Wallen. He also holds a strong resume in law enforcement.

The area should be well represented with strong leadership. Congratulations to the voters and the winners.