The results are in from last night's primary and city elections. In the statewide primary, incumbent District 19 State Senator Tom Campbell ran unopposed for the Republican nomination and received a total of 1,253 votes. Robert "tork" Kilchowski ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket receiving a total of 471 votes. For State Representative for District 19, Wayne Trottier and Gary Paur were the top vote getters on the Republican ticket. On the Democratic side, Carol Gierszewski ran unopposed and tallied a total of 459 votes. There were 5 candidates on the ballot for County Board of Commissioners in Walsh County last night. Voters were instructed to vote for no more than three, but all five candidates will move on to the General Election in November. Lawrence Burianek was the top vote getter, receiving 1,361 votes. Incumbent Luther Meberg came in at a close second with 1,359. Incumbent Ernie Barta came in third with a total of 1,341 votes. While Allen Ruzicka, also an incumbent received 1,166. Loren Moe totaled 733 votes. There were 24 write-ins in last night's County Commission Primary. Barbara Whelan ran unopposed for Walsh County States Attorney and received a total of 1,921 votes with 22 write-ins. Diane Link, also running unopposed for County Recorder totaled 1,951 votes, there were 3 write-ins for that seat. There was a race for Walsh County Treasurer last night but Incumbent Jlll Trenda won the evening with a total of 1,515 votes to Challenger Carole Demars' 744. There were no write-in votes cast for the Treasurer position. In the race for Walsh County Sheriff, Ron Jurgens, receiving a total of 1,433 topped challenger Ron Nord's 826.
In last night's city election in Grafton, incumbent Mayor Chris West running unopposed tallied 649 votes with 15 write-ins. There were 4 at-large seats up for grabs on the Grafton City Council. Incumbent Chris Lipsh will keep his seat on the council receiving 481 votes, Mary Stark, also an incumbent came in second with 476 votes. New comer brian Sieben tallied 445 votes for 3rd place, and incumbent David Fellmen came in at the fourth spot with a total of 434 votes. There were four candidates vying for three open seats on the Grafton Park Board on the ballot last night. The top vote went to Cory Burns with 544 votes, Scott Hills received 522, with the 3rd open seat being filled by Brad Burianek who tallied 475 votes. 4th Candidate Doug Johnson received 358 votes in the Grafton Park Board election.
In some of the other Mayoral elections around the area last night, Robert Halldorson received 56 votes for Mayor of Edinburg. Ivan Muir totaled 17 votes for Mayor of Forest River. Rodger Hall gathered 35 votes for Mayor of Hoople which amounted to 100 percent of the vote. Donald Greicar won for Mayor of Pisek on a tally of 16 votes. Incumbent Mayor Dan Stenvold ran unopposed in Park River and totaled 367 votes. There were 14 write-ins in last night’s mayoral election in Park River.
The other big question on the local ballot last night was a measure to amend an ordinance concerning the raising of domestic animals or poultry within city limits in Park River. A yes vote for Measure 1 meant the voter was in favor of allowing up to 8 chickens to be raised under certain conditions such as 75% approval of other property owners within 200' of the coop. A no vote meant the voter wished to leave the current ordinance as it was, which prohibited poultry within city limits. In the end the measure passed by a vote of 265 to 159. For all the results from across North Dakota paste the following link in your address bar: