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Election recap: Burt for mayor; Santini, Morris for City Council

The midterm election Tuesday Nov. 6 saw the highest participation rate in Minnesota since the 2002 midterm, according to preliminary numbers from the Secretary of State. More than 2.5 million Minnesotans voted either in-person or absentee, a participation rate of about 64 percent. 

Here's a roundup of local races you may have missed:


Anne Burt secured the mayoral seat with an easy win over a field of four other candidates. The 14-year Woodbury resident recieved just over 48 percent of the vote. Joe Hernandez secured the second most votes with just under 25 percent of the total.

"I’m appreciative to all who took the time to carefully evaluate candidates’ qualifications and make a voting choice for effective, balanced, and reasonable leadership," Burt said in a statement late-Tuesday night.

City Council

Candidates Jennifer Santini (23.57 percent) and Steve Morris (14.89 percent) won the two open seats on City Council.

"Woodbury, we all know is a great place to live and work, and so I’m thrilled to be a part of that future and look forward to working with everyone," Morris said in a statement early-Wednesday morning. 

Washington County Sheriff

What started as a close contest shortly after polls closed Tuesday ended in an easy win for Dan Starry in the Washington County Sheriff race. Starry received 65,677 votes over Paul Hoppe's 46,978.

County Board

Stan Karwoski and Wayne Johnson won the two Washington County Board seats.

“I think the voters recognize that the county is going in the right direction, and I’m part of that effort,” said Karwoski, who first won the District 2 County Board seat in a 2016 special election.

Johnson ran unopposed in District 4.

House District 53A, 53B and 54B

DFL'er Tou Xiong handily defeated Republican Andy Turonie for Minnesota House District 53A. The 28-year-old Maplewood resident campaigned on education funding, affordable health care and support for trade schools/job training programs.

Democrat Steve Sandell  unseated Republican incumbent Kelly Fenton for Minnesota House District 53B. A retired teacher, Sandell touted health care, school finance reform, protection of water resources and incentives for entrepreneurs and small businesses as a few of his priorities.

Republican incumbent Tony Jurgens beat DFL challenger Tina Folch in the state house race to represent District 54B. Jurgens, an insurance agent who lives in Cottage Grove, finished with 9,951 votes. Folch, a Hastings City Council member, received 9,531 votes.

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