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Voters elect Slavik to county board

Hastings resident Mike Slavik earned the biggest victory of his still young political career Tuesday night and he was excited.

"I'm just very excited to begin," said Slavik, who was elected as the Dakota County commissioner in District 1. After 32 years, the district has a new person on the county board as Commissioner Joe Harris, also of Hastings, is retiring at the end of the year.

"I want to thank everyone - it has been a long campaign," he said. "I'm feeling very good."

In Tuesday's general election, Slavik defeated Farmington City Council member Christy Jo Fogarty, 16,355 to 11,715.

Slavik will serve a two-year term and will be up re-election in 2014. The length of the term was determined by the redistricting completed last year after the 2010 census.

As he campaigned throughout the district, Slavik heard from people that they want their commissioner to be accessible in every area. He will listen to that request, he said.

"I will work to represent not only the residents, but also the businesses and other constituents of the district," he said.

Slavik's background includes a degree in political science.

"What I've learned about policies I can can help deliver through services which have the greatest impact on people," he said. "I can help to improve the quality of life."

Slavik's term on the Hastings City Council does not end until 2014. The vacancy will be determined by a yet-to-be-announced appointment process.

In other county commissioner races:

District 3 - Thomas Egan, unopposed, received 23,604 votes.

Distract 4 - Incumbent Nancy Schouweiler defeated Bill Klein, 13,156 to 12,689.

District 5 -incumbent Liz workman defeated challenger Dave Giles, 15,363 to 9,308.

District 6 - Incumbent Paul Kraus, unopposed, received 21,795 votes.

District 7 - Chris Gerlach defeated Victoria Swanson, 15,625 to 10,300. This seat became open with the retirement of Willis Branning.