A clear winner emerged Tuesday as the DFL nominee for the District 12B state representative seat.
The primary results gave 931 votes, or nearly 38 percent of the total, to Helen L. McLennan, 50, rural Little Falls, who is the district manager for the Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Results for the other DFL primary candidates were 604 votes for Lee Johnston, 59, Swanville; 506 votes for Debra Copa Nagel, 42, rural Little Falls; 377 votes for Paul Radomski, 40, Fort Ripley; and 41 votes for Gregory Spofford, 47, Little Falls, who had withdrawn his name from the race.
In the Republican primary, Greg Blaine, 40, rural Little Falls, who ran unopposed, received 636 votes, or 100 percent of the votes. There were no write-in votes.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office said total voter turnout for this race was 3,177, or 13.96 percent of the registered voters in this district.
McLennan said, "In light of yesterday's news, it took the thunder out of thinking too much about the primary."
She said she was glad voters put confidence in her. "I'm pleased with the results," she said. "Hurdle 1 is over and now I go on to hurdle 2."
McLennan said she believes in strong rural schools, is pro-life, believes in Second Amendment rights and is concerned about health care issues and small business survival.
The special election will be Nov. 6 for the seat that was held by Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, who resigned the position when he accepted a post with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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