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Flynn defeats challenger for county board seat

From staff reports

Matt Flynn, the Olmsted County Board member representing District 4, cruised to re-election on Tuesday.

Flynn received 4,995 votes (67 percent) in defeating challenger Paul Mittelstadt, who had 2,416 votes (32 percent).

"People are familiar with what I’m doing and have been doing, and want me to continue doing it," Flynn said. "I just appreciate the vote back in."

Flynn has represented District 4 since 1997. Before that, he served on the Pleasant Grove Township board for 10 years.

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Mittelstadt said he spent no money on his campaign and feels good about getting as many votes as he did, noting that he’s against political fliers and yard signs. Instead, he favors talking to voters in person.

"I’m the candidate who stood up against the Mayo Clinic’s stand against the DM&E Railroad," he said. Mittelstadt said he plans to start a petition drive against the Stewartville swimming pool, but he’s not sure if he’ll run again. But the railroad issue remains important to him.

"We need this railroad. It’s going to be a plus for the farmers," he said.

Two unopposed county board members also won re-election: District 2 member Ken Brown, the current board chairman, and District 6 member David Perkins. Both received about 99 percent of the votes cast in their respective races, against only a handful of write-ins.

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