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Primary election results: Slavik and Fogarty advance in county commissioner race

The race for the soon-to-be vacant county commissioner race in the Hastings area has been narrowed to two candidates after a primary election on Tuesday.

Mike Slavik and Christy Jo Fogarty were the top two vote-getters in the primary, so they will be on the ballot in November. The seat has been held for some 30 years by Joe Harris, who is retiring.

Slavik led the way with 42 percent of the vote. Fogarty had 25 percent.

Mark Henry earned 22 percent, Brian Budenski had eight percent and Dean Birnstengel had four percent.

In the city council primary for Ward 1, incumbent Tony Alongi advanced with 61 percent of the vote. He will be opposed on the ballot by Mike Grady, who had 22 percent.

Justin Westman had 16 percent of the vote.

Turnout at the polls was light. In Ward 1, for example, Alongi garnered 154 votes. Grady had 56 and Westman had 41.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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