Two primary elections needed for Mower County Board races
Five people will campaign to be Mower County's District 3 representative.
Incumbent David Hillier will face a primary Aug. 10 against challengers Loren "Crow" Bellrichard, John Bramwell, Art Nelson and Jerry Reinartz. Nelson filed Friday; Reinartz on Tuesday.
The filing period for all elected offices ended Tuesday.
District 3 includes part of southwest Austin, the cities of Lyle and Rose Creek along with the townships of Austin, Lyle, Nevada and Windom.
They are the first official challengers in more than a decade to a re-election bid by Hillier, a rural Austin farmer on the county board since 1995. Nelson, however, waged a write-in campaign against Hillier in 2006.
Races for the Mower County Board's two other seats up for election remained the same Tuesday.
District 4 representative Dick Lang is seeking a third term against fellow Austin businessman Tony Bennett. Their district mainly covers Austin's east side.
District 5 representative Mike Ankeny is running unopposed. He won a special election in February to replace the late Dave "Tolly" Tollefson for the rest of 2010. Now, he's seeking a four-year term. His district covers portions of southwest and northwest Austin.
In other county races, two people filed their candidacy Tuesday for the county recorder's position, creating the need for a primary. Prior to them, Jill Cordes, the county's chief deputy recorder, had been the only candidate trying to replace retiring recorder Sue Davis.
Brad McBeain, of Austin, and Kathy Grant, an Austin resident working in the county auditor-treasurer's office, also are seeking election to be the recorder.
The county sheriff's race remains between incumbent Terese Amazi — seeking her third term — and Sgt. Jeff Ellis of the Mower County Sheriff's Department.
County Attorney Kristen Nelsen and Auditor-Treasurer Doug Groh both are running unopposed for re-election to a second and third term, respectively.