Primaries are Tuesday for state, federal offices
MARSHALL — Minnesotans will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, as political parties narrow down the field of candidates running for state and federal offices in November.
There are primary elections for both Republican and Democratic candidates in several different races, from the Minnesota gubernatorial race down to area state House and Senate races.
In addition to the primaries, voters in Marshall’s Ward 1 voting precinct will be choosing a candidate to fill an open seat on the Marshall City Council.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, at a total of 11 precincts in Lyon County. The Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office said in-person voting will be held at the Balaton Community Center for the city of Balaton; at the Cottonwood Community Center for the city of Cottonwood; the Red Baron Arena for Marshall Ward 1; Marshall Middle School for Marshall Ward 2; the Marshall Area YMCA for Marshall Ward 3; the Minneota Community Center for the city of Minneota, Nordland Township and Westerheim Township; the Russell Community Center for the city of Russell, Island Lake Township and Lyons Township; the Veterans Memorial Center for the city of Tracy; Clifton Township Hall for Clifton Township; the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum for Monroe Township; and Lynd City Hall for Lynd Township.
All other precincts in Lyon County had mail ballots. The Auditor/Treasurer’s Office on the second floor of the Lyon County Government Center will be the polling place for mail ballot precincts.
For partisan offices, like U.S. Representative, state representative or senator, or Minnesota governor, you can only vote for candidates from one political party, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office said. Candidates on the ballot are arranged into columns based on major party affiliation. Voters decide which party to vote for on their ballots, the Secretary of State’s Office said.
There will be a contested DFL primary for candidates in Congressional District 7. CD7, which includes most of western Minnesota, is currently represented by Rep. Michelle Fischbach.
The candidates in the Democratic primary for CD7 are Jill Abahsain, of Sauk Centre, and Alycia Gruenhagen, of Glencoe.
State legislators from across Minnesota will be up for election this fall. There will be a couple of contested primaries for legislative seats in southwest Minnesota on the ballot Tuesday. There will be Republican primaries in Senate District 15, which includes Lyon, Yellow Medicine and Redwood Counties, and in Senate District 21, which includes Lincoln, Pipestone and Murray Counties.
Republican candidates in District 15 are current Sen. Gary Dahms, of Redwood Falls, and Larvita McFarquhar, of Lynd. Republican candidates in District 21 are current Sen. Bill Weber, of Luverne, and Brad Hutchison, of Mountain Lake.
Primary elections will also be held for state offices. The Minnesota governor and lieutenant governor race will have contested Republican, DFL, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis and Legal Marijuana Now party primaries.
DFL governor and lieutenant governor candidates on the ballot Tuesday will include current Gov. Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan, and Ole Savior and Julia M. Parker. Republican primary candidates include Scott Jensen and Matt Birk, Joyce Lynne Lacey and Kent Edwards, and Bob Carney Jr. and Captain Jack Sparrow. Primary candidates for the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis party include Steve Patterson and Matt Huff, and Darrell Paulsen and Ed Engelmann. Primary candidates for the Legal Marijuana Now party include James McCaskel and David Sandbeck, and Chris Wright and L.C. Lawrence Converse.
Minnesota Secretary of State
There are contested Republican and DFL primary elections for Secretary of State. In the DFL primary, current Secretary of State Steve Simon and challenger Steve Carlson will be on the ballot. In the Republican primary, candidates are Kim Crockett and Erik van Mechelen.
Minnesota Attorney General
There will be contested Republican and DFL primaries for Minnesota Attorney General, as well. DFL candidates for Attorney General include current Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Bill Dahn. Republican candidates include Sharon Anderson, Jim Schultz and Doug Wardlow.
Marshall City Council special election
In addition to primaries, voters in Marshall’s Ward 1 will be voting to fill a vacancy on the city council. There are a total of three candidates in the running for the council seat left empty when councilman Don Edblom died earlier this year. Marshall residents John Alcorn, Kane Fossell and Amanda Schroeder all filed for the special election.