Primary election results are in

The primary elections were held Aug. 9, allowing voters to narrow the field of candidates for the Nov. 8 general election ballots.

In the race for the U.S. Congressional District 4 seat, DFL incumbent Betty McCollum won the primary election against Steve Carlson with 33,107 votes, or just over 94 percent of the vote. 

For the Republican party, Greg Ryan overcame Nikolay Bey and Gene Rechtzigel with 5,537 votes, or just less than 82 percent of the vote.

Of the two Republican candidates aiming for the State Senate District 53 seat, Sharna Wahlgren surpassed Bill Dahn in the primary election with 711 votes, roughly 66 percent of the vote.

In the special election race to fill the Washington County Commission District 2 seat, Oakdale Mayor Stan Karwoski holds the lead from the primaries with 864 votes, or more than 46 percent. Cheryl Anderson will also be on the ballot this fall. With 503 votes, or 27 percent, Anderson received the second highest number of votes of the six candidates in the primary election. The winner of the Nov. 8 general election will finish the late Commissioner Ted Bearth’s term, which ends in 2018.

After the primary elections, the following names will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballots:


U.S. Congressional District 4

• Incumbent Betty McCollum, 


• Susan Pendergast Sindt, Legal 

   Marijuana Now

• Greg Ryan, GOP


State Senate District 43

• Incumbent Charles “Chuck” 

   Wiger, DFL

• Chris Belflower, Independence

• Bob Zick, GOP


State Senate District 53

• Incumbent Susan Kent, DFL

• Sharna Wahlgren, GOP


State Senate District 39

• Incumbent Karin Housley, 


• Sten Hakanson, DFL


State House District 43A

• Incumbent Peter M. Fischer, 


• Bob Cardinal, GOP


State House District 43B

• Incumbent Leon M. Lillie, DFL

• Nathan Hansen, GOP


State House District 53A

• Incumbent JoAnn Ward, DFL

• Andy Turonie, GOP


State House District 39B

• Incumbent Kathy Lohmer, 


• Alan Kantrud, DFL


Ramsey County
Commission District 7

• Incumbent Victoria A. 


• Kim Points


Washington County Commission District 2

• Stan Karwoski

• Cheryl Anderson


For more information about the election contact Ramsey County Elections at 651-266-2171, Washington County Elections at 651-430-6175 or the Secretary of State office at 651-215-1440.


Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or

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