I know it’s nearly a week late, but some family medical issues have kept me from posting over recent days.
Let’s review the results of the election:
State Senate District 34: Julianne Ortman (63.5%) defeats Laura Helmer (30.3%) and Tim Biros (6.2%)
State House District 34A: Ernie Leidiger (65.1%) defeats Leanne Pouliot Kunze (34.9%)
The DFL candidates were facing a stiff tide. Helmer and Kunze ran probably the best races the DFL has put up in this area in a while, but achieved similar results to previous cycles.
Chaska Mayor: Mark Windschitl (96.0%) unopposed
Hopefully, we’ll have a race in 2012. Contested elections are a good thing.
Chaska City Council Ward 1: Scott Millard (57.9%) defeats Gino Businaro (41.6%)
For the first time since 2002, a Chaska City Council incumbent goes down to defeat. Interesting that Businaro is the one to pay for the Council’s perceived unwillingness to listen to the people, as Businaro has been the closest thing to a “voice of dissent” on the current Council. It will be interesting to see what Millard brings to the Council, as his candidate forum appearance gave little insight.
Chaska City Council Ward 3: Chris Schulz (71.7%) defeats Charles Stech (27.9%)
Stech seemed to have ideas, but for some reason got very little traction in his campaign. Schulz has grown quite a bit in the last year. He was confident and in command at the candidate forum. It will be interesting to see if that command carries over the council meetings over the next term.
Carver County Commissioner District 3: Randy Maluchnik (52.7%) defeats Jay Swenson (47.1%)
A close race that came down to the last precinct. Strong performance by Swenson in Victoria was not enough to overcome Maluchnik’s advantages in the Chaska portion of the district.