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Weik wins another four years on Washington County Board

Lisa Weik is energized.

The Washington County Board Commissioner won re-election Tuesday with 59 percent of the votes, defeating challenger Nancy Remakel with a comfortable margin.

Weik snagged up majority in all 12 precincts, finally giving her the chance to serve four years on the board as the District 5 commissioner.

Although Weik has been on the board for four years, she has been campaigning every two years.

The first time around she ran to fill an open seat during a special election in 2008.

She was then re-elected when that two-year term expired in 2010.

And due to redistricting this year, Weik was forced to run once again to continue to serve as District 5 commissioner, representing most of Woodbury on the board.

"I certainly think that the fact that I've now won a four-year term is a benefit to the community," she said. "It is a challenge to campaign every other year when the job as a metro county commissioner is full time."

Weik said she's eager to get to work and partner with Greater MSP and the Gateway Corridor Commission for economic development in Woodbury and the rest of the county.

As Gateway Corridor Commission chair, Weik said she's excited to gather citizens' input on the bus rapid transit option currently on the table.

"I know that you can have transportation-related economic development," she said.

Weik said what set her apart in this election is her experience, professional relationships with elected officials across the region and her plans to grow business and jobs.

Her challenger Remakel, a retired science teacher who chairs the Woodbury Planning Commission, said she hopes current county commissioners will implement what she vowed to introduce during the campaign season.

"It would be very nice if the county commissioners developed a strategic plan and become more involved in economic development," she said.

Remakel is currently finishing a seven-year run on the Woodbury Planning Commission, the maximum any commissioner can serve.

She was hoping another venture in public office would bring more positive changes not only in Woodbury, but across the county, she said.

"Of course I'm disappointed that I didn't win, but that's what happens when you're in a democracy," she said. "I will just move on from here, there will be other things to do."

Remakel got most of her votes in Woodbury's 11th precinct, which encompasses residents north of Lake Road and south of Valley Creek Road between Pioneer and Woodbury drives.

Weik, on the other hand, took 1,326 out of a total of 28,852 votes, in her current district (Woodbury's eighth precinct), which has voters living north of Valley Creek Road and south of I-94 between Interlachen Parkway and Woodbury Drive.

Weik's win gives her an edge over the rest of the commissioners who won Tuesday.

Her time on the board gives her the opportunity to serve as chairwoman next year, if she garners enough support from the rest of the board.

"I do think that the entire region is poised to benefit from positive change like never before," Weik said. "I'm really energized to get to work on all of this."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.