The ballots have been counted and the unofficial 2018 primary election tallies are in.
In the race for Mankato Mayor, restaurateur Najwa Massad and Greater Mankato Diversity Council Executive Director Bukata Hayes will face off in the November General Election. Massad captured 38 percent of the vote, Hayes 28 percent.
The Mankato Ward 3 City Council race was led by incumbent Mark Frost, with 63 percent of the vote. He and challenger Fardousa Jama, a community activist, will move on to November. Jama got 27 percent of the vote.
In Mankato’s Ward 5, with 61 percent of the vote small business owner Jessica Hatanpa was the top vote-getter She and Tyler Meihak-True, a real estate agent who took 27 percent in the balloting, will move on to the fall race.
In Blue Earth County’s District 1 race, former county commissioner and one-time head of Minnesota USDA’s Rural Development program Colleen Landkammer and business and government consultant Katie Boone move forward.
Nicollet County Commissioner District 2 candidates former State Representative Terry Morrow and St. Peter Mayor Chuck Zieman will square off in November.
Brown County Chief Deputy Jason Seidl and New Ulm Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee will move forward with their bid to become Brown County Sheriff. In the county commissioner District 5 race, Lynn Anderson and Jeffrey Veerkamp advance to November.
Cleveland School District voters have approved two bond requests that appeared on the ballot. The first will provide more than $14 million to improve facilities and security. It includes the addition of a new cafeteria and STEM and an Ag/Tech lab. The second request was for just over $5 million for the addition of a gym, mechanical room, and weight room. It’s the third time the school board has asked voters to pass a referendum in the district, which officials say is running out of space.
Attorney General Lori Swanson conceded defeat early in a three-way Democratic primary for Minnesota governor. Swanson trailed U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and state Rep. Erin Murphy considerably. Swanson had been considered a top contender since launching a last-minute bid for governor but her campaign was marred by late allegations of pressuring official employees to aid her political ambitions. Walz will move on to the November election, and will face GOP-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson, who outlasted former Governor Tim Pawlenty in the primary.
Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar has made history by winning a Democratic congressional primary in a Minneapolis-area district so reliably liberal that her victory is likely her ticket to Congress. Omar drew national attention just two years ago by becoming the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. She’s running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.
The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set up a two-woman race for his seat, part of an unusual primary featuring both of Minnesota’s Senate seats on the same ballot. His successor, Tina Smith, easily won her primary, and the endorsed GOP candidate, state Sen. Karin Housley, did too. Minnesota’s other senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar advanced to face state Rep. Jim Newberger.
In the race for Minnesota Attorney General, Democrat Keith Ellison took 50 percent of the vote, to advance in the fall against GOP candidate Doug Wardlow – who took 46 percent of the vote.