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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.