Special election primary to fill Huffman’s county board seat is Aug. 13

A primary election for District 1 Ramsey County commissioner will take place Tuesday, Aug. 13, with early voting already underway.

The special election is being held to fill the remainder of Blake Huffman’s term, which runs through 2020. Following the primary, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election on Nov. 5. 

Huffman resigned effective June 1, following a county-led conflict of interest investigation into his veteran housing nonprofit, Journey Home. The county found that in 2018 Journey Home had sold a property it purchased in part with federal grant money to Huffman’s son, Zach, with another son acting as realtor.

There are eight candidates seeking to replace Huffman and represent District 1 on the county board, the governing body that oversees countywide projects and operations working with a 2019 budget of $740 million. A ninth candidate, Mounds View City Council member Bill Bergeron, filed to run and his name will appear on the ballot, but he has since dropped out due to time constraints. 

The eight candidates are Douglas Blomberg, Nicole Frethem, Jodi Hultgren, Randy Jessup, Marty Long, Steve Scott, Nick Tamble and Mark Voss.

District 1 includes Arden Hills, Gem Lake, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township and parts of Mounds View, Spring Lake Park and Blaine. 

District residents will be able to vote at local polling stations on Aug. 13, as well as at the Ramsey County Elections Office, 90 Plato Blvd. #160 in St. Paul. 

The elections office will also be open for early voting now through the day of the primary. It’s open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. 

For day-of voting locations throughout the district, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us to find a convenient polling station. 

For more information on the election visit www.ramseycounty.us and search “special election commissioner district 1.”


—Bridget Kranz

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