Rochester Primary Election Results
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Patrick “PJ” Day was the top vote getter in Tuesday’s primary election to narrow the field of candidates for the Sixth Ward seat on the Rochester City Council.
Fewer than 1000 people cast ballots in the Sixth Ward, which covers the Elton Hills neighborhood and other areas in northwest Rochester 48-percent (436) voted for Day, while 36-percent (326) voted for Annalissa Johnson. Nick Carter finished third with 14-percent of the vote. Day and Johnson will advance to face-off in the November general election. The current Sixth Ward City Councilmember, Sandra Means, is not seeking reelection.
A three-way race for a seat on the Rochester School Board was also on the ballot, even though one of the candidates dropped out of the race a couple weeks ago. John League announced in late July he was not longer campaigning for the seat currently held by Deborah Seelinger. She received a bit over 50-percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary election, while her remaining challenger, Bobbie Gallas, garnered about 36-percent of the vote. Despite his withdrawal from the race, League still received about 12-percent of the vote.
In the battle among Republicans vying to challenge First District Congressman Tim Walz, Jim Hagedorn easily defeated Steve Williams to advance to the November ballot. Hagedorn received over 75-percent of the vote.
The race for the Second Congressional District seat, which covers portions of southeastern Minnesota, will feature a battle between former radio talk show host Jason Lewis and Democrat Angie Craig. Lewis easily defeated three other Republican candidates in Tuesday’s primary.