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Slavik, Henry advance in county commissioner race

Voters in Dakota County narrowed the county commissioner race down to two candidates on Tuesday in the primary election.

Incumbent Mike Slavik of Hastings advanced as did Farmington's Mark Henry.

Slavik received 1,940 votes.

Henry received 640.

Terry Donnelly had 629 votes.

At the city level, things got rather interesting for the at-large city council seat.

Initially, six candidates filed to run for two seats. Two of those candidates (Tom Wright and Blaine Hornbuckle) dropped out of the race. They did so, though, after the deadline and were included on the ballot.

Wright, though, was one of the top four vote-getters on Tuesday. Wright has indicated he will formally withdraw from the race.

Advancing to the November general election are Mark Vaughan (756 votes), Lori Braucks (551), Joanna Bayers (349) and Ian Martin (212). Wright had 287 votes and Hornbuckle had 93.

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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