Fillmore County voters will mark their preferences for nine county offices on Nov. 4, but only three of them are contested.
The race drawing the most interest is for sheriff as Sheriff Daryl Jensen is retiring and did not file for office. Tom Kaase and Brian Miner are seeking that office. Profiles of the two candidates were published in last week’s edition.
The recorder position is also contested as Mark Weidemann filed for the office to run against incumbent recorder David Kiehne, who has also filed. Again, profiles of these two candidates were published last week.
The seats of two commissioners are up for election this year. Long-term commissioners Randy Dahl of District 2 and Duane Bakke of District 4 were the only ones to file for the positions they hold. Dahl, of Rushford, was first elected in 2000 while Bakke, of Lanesboro, won his first election in 1998.
There is also a special election to fill the term of Chuck Amunrud, who gave up his District 3 commissioner seat earlier this year. Profiles of the two candidates — Harry Root and Fred Scheevel — were published in the Spring Valley Tribune last week and are available online at www.bluffcountrynews.com.
Incumbent Fillmore County auditor-treasurer Shirl Boelter and Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson are the only people to file for their offices. Boelter was first elected in 2006 and Corson was elected in 2002.
The other two positions up for election are Soil and Water supervisor. Incumbent Brian Hazel filed in District 1, which includes the area from Rushford to Lanesboro, and incumbent Timothy Gossman filed in District 2, which includes the townships around Spring Valley and Chatfield, but not including those cities. Hazel, chairman of the board, has served since 1997 while Gosmann, vice chairman, has been a board member since 1991.
All positions are four-year terms, except for the special election for commissioner in District 3. The winning candidate will fill the remaining two years of Amunrud’s term.