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Oak Lawn Township sees challenger gain seat

If local elections are the grass roots of a democracy, townships may represent the seed.

Eleven townships hosted recent elections for township supervisors and clerks. Of those, Oak Lawn Township’s race for supervisor stood out for race results. William Durham was elected to the three-year supervisor term with 146 votes replacing long-time incumbent Mark Haglin, who had 79 votes. This was Durham’s first run for supervisor. He said he spent a lot of time knocking on doors. Durham said he is focusing on keeping maintenance in house. He also believes road projects, a big part of a township’s duties, should be monitored.

“I felt over the years there was a lack of attention to detail in various issues, not just one thing,” Durham said.

“I will be involved and pay attention to everyone’s concerns and I’m accessible to people.”

Also in Oak Lawn Township, Judith Brown was re-elected as town clerk with 177 votes. A write-in challenger, Judy Zettervall, gained 28 votes.

In other townships:

Crow Wing Township: Mark Platta was re-elected supervisor with 23 votes. Incumbent Virginia Rogers was re-elected town clerk with 23 votes.

Daggett Brook Township: Bruce Caughey was re-elected supervisor, with a three-year term. Caughey gained 40 votes. Write-in challenger Rick Eisel had two votes. Tony Cossette was re-elected town clerk for a two-year term with 39 votes.

Fort Ripley Township: Stan Dobosenski Sr., town clerk, was re-elected with 19 votes. Stan Dobosenski Jr. was re-elected to the supervisor post with 19 votes.

Maple Grove Township: Jim Anderson was re-elected as supervisor and Norene Warta was re-elected clerk.

Roosevelt Township: Bruce Lindgren, supervisor for the three-year term, received 18 votes; Marge Kotten, supervisor for a one-year term, received 20 votes; Virginia Hill, was re-elected town clerk, receiving 20 votes for a two-year term.

There were also elections in Bay Lake, Center, Ideal, Fairfield and Rabbit Lake townships, but results were not available Thursday.

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