Crow Wing County Commissioner Terry Sluss will continue to represent District 3, after beating newcomer Karen Toman for the commissioner seat by 287 votes in Tuesday's election.
The final results for this race came in around 4:30 a.m. today and had Sluss with 2,089 votes and Toman with 1,802.
Sluss was pleased with the results and noted the change in the county board and sheriff as a result of the election. Gary Walters defeated county commissioner Gil Dewes, and sheriff's deputy Eric Klang ousted incumbent Sheriff Dick Ross.
Sluss said he was happy the constituents thought clearly about county issues. He said the votes he received show people like what he has done since he has been on the board.
Sluss, who spent about $4,500 on his campaign, said he will continue to listen to all sides of the issues and vote on facts, not emotions.
Toman, who has never run for public office, said this morning that running for the commissioner seat was a good experience. She said she learned a lot, met a lot of people and she is not afraid to try again.
"I held my own," she said. "You never know (what the results will be) ... I had good response with door knocking so I thought I'd do fairly well."
Toman, who spent $2,480 on her campaign, said she plans to keep her eye on all government news in the Brainerd lakes area. She is interested in staying on top of the issues that came up during the candidate forums, such as economic development and growth in the county.
Toman said she plans to get involved in government as a volunteer.
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