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Burnsville Primary Results: Professional Pols Take the Top Spots

Incumbents came out ahead on Aug. 14, the state primary, with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Council Member Mary Sherry taking the top percentages.

The tallies are in and veteran Mayor Elizabeth Kautz will face past adversary Jerry Willenburg during the November general election.

During the 2008 election, Willenburg gave Kautz the hardest campaign since her lengthy mayoral career began in 1994. According to Sun Thisweek, Willenburg bested Kautz in the 2008 primary by 17 votes. Kautz turned the tables on Wilenburg during the November 2008 election, taking 54 percent to his 46 percent margin, but the contest was the closest of her career.

Another incumbent, City Council Member Mary Sherry, took the top percentage in the council primary, an eight way race for just two spots. Sherry will compete for her seat with the top three runners up in November.

Burnsville City Council

  • Total Votes: 5,768
  • Mary Sherry, incumbent: 1,695—29.4 percent
  • Steve Cherney: 1,155—20 percent
  • Bruce Johnson: 750—13 percent
  • Suzanne Nguyen: 708—12.3 percent
  • Richard Hoel: 582—10.1 percent
  • James Cammarato: 304—5.2 percent
  • Pat Madden: 293—5.1 percent
  • Rochell Ansari: 281—4.9 percent

Burnsville Mayoral Primary

  • Total Votes: 3,371
  • Elizabeth Kautz: 1,676—49.7 percent
  • Jerry Willenburg: 1,470—43.6 percent
  • Bill David Ansari: 225—6.7 percent

Dakota County Commission, District 5

  • Total Votes: 2,993
  • Liz Workman, incumbent: 1,578—52.7 percent
  • Dave Giles: 754—25.2 percent
  • Peter Beckel: 661—22.1 percent

State House District 51A, DFL

  • Total Votes: 940
  • Sandra Masin: 828—88.1 percent
  • Milton Walden: 112—11.9 percent

U.S. Congress, District 2

  • Total Votes: 11,213
  • John Kline, incumbent: 9,629—85.9 percent
  • David Gerson: 1,584—14.1 percent

U.S. Senator, DFL

  • Total Votes: 8,474
  • Amy Klobuchar, incumbent: 7,719—91.1 percent
  • Jack Edward Shepard: 355 percent—4.2 percent
  • "Dick" Franson: 220—2.6 percent
  • Darryl Stanton: 180—2.1 percent

U.S. Senator, GOP

  • Total Votes: 10,351
  • Kurt Bills: 6,774—65.4 percent
  • David Carlson: 2,573—24.8 percent
  • Bob Carney, Jr.: 1,004—9.8 percent

U.S. Senator, Independent

  • Total Votes: 203
  • Stephen Williams: 145—71.4 percent
  • Glen Anderson Menze: 58—28.6 percent

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