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Primary contests set as local races take shape

Three Washington County races appear headed for primary contests while the candidate for another post has no challenger.

The filing period for county, state and federal offices ended Tuesday with no big surprise filings in area races.

Here's a round-up of the local races:

-- There are four candidates vying for the Washington County commissioner seat in District 2. Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek of Oakdale will run against fellow Oakdale residents Jeff Birttnen and Joseph Delaney, and Lake Elmo Mayor Dean Johnston. The four candidates will be narrowed to two in the Aug. 10 primary. District 2 includes part of north Woodbury.

-- No one filed to run against Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton, who will seek a second term this fall.

-- Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik of Woodbury, who represents District 5, will be challenged by Woodbury businessman Kelly Monkman.

-- Two people filed to run against county Commissioner Myra Peterson of Cottage Grove. Her District 4 challengers include fellow Cottage Grove residents Autumn Lehrke and Colleen Millard. The top two will advance from the Aug. 10 primary.

-- Three filed to run for Washington county attorney. They include Peter Orput and Kevin Shoeberg, both of Stillwater, and Woodbury resident Clayton Robinson. They will face off in the Aug. 10 primary. Doug Johnson is retiring as county attorney this year.

-- State Sen. Kathy Saltzman of Woodbury, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Ted Lillie of Lake Elmo in the Senate District 56 race.

-- DFL state Rep. Marsha Swails of Woodbury, who represents House District 56B, is being challenged by Republican Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury.

-- Republican Kathy Lohmer of Lake Elmo is challenging state Rep. Julie Bunn, who represents House District 56A. Both are Lake Elmo residents.

-- Three filed to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents the 6th District. They include Democrats Tarryl Clark of St. Cloud and Maureen Reed, who lives near Stillwater. Clark and Reed will face off in the Aug. 10 primary election. Also running is Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson of Woodbury.