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It’s primary election day in Minnesota. Here’s what lakes area voters need to know

The contests will determine which candidates will appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, including those for governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Several local races also feature enough candidates to prompt a primary.

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Polls for the primary elections open 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
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Voters head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 9, to cast their ballots for primary election candidates.

The contests will determine which candidates will appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, including those for governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Several local races also feature enough candidates to prompt a primary.

To find a polling place, view a sample ballot and more, visit mnvotes.org . One can enter their home address to see information specific to their voting districts. Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

In partisan primary races, the top vote-getter advances. Partisan offices will list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. All state and federal offices — such as U.S. representative or Minnesota governor — are partisan offices.

Partisan candidates will be listed in multiple columns on the primary ballot. Each column will list the candidates for one major party. The major parties in Minnesota are the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Republican Party of Minnesota, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis and Legal Marijuana Now.

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Voters may only vote for candidates from one political party. If voters vote for candidates from more than one political party, their votes will not count. Voters decide when they vote which one of the parties they will vote for — Minnesota does not have political party registration.

In nonpartisan races, the top two vote-getters will advance. Nonpartisan offices will not list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. County offices are nonpartisan.

Nonpartisan offices will be listed on the back side of the primary ballot. Voters may vote for any candidate.

Primary races

Governor and lieutenant governor

  • DFL Party — Ole Savior and Julia M Parker vs. Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan (incumbents).
  • Republican Party — Bob “Again” Carney Jr. and Captain Jack Sparrow vs. Joyce Lynne Lacey and Kent Edwards vs. Scott Jensen and Matt Birk.
  • Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party — Steve Patterson and Matt Huff vs. Darrell Paulsen and Ed Engelmann.
  • Legal Marijuana Now Party — James McCaskel and David Sandbeck vs. Chris Wright and L.C. Lawrence Converse.

Secretary of state

  • DFL Party — Steve Carlson vs. Steve Simon (incumbent).
  • Republican Party — Kim Crockett vs. Erik van Mechelen.

Attorney general

  • DFL Party — Bill Dahn vs. Keith Ellison (incumbent).
  • Republican Party — Sharon Anderson vs. Doug Wardlow vs. Jim Schultz.

7th Congressional District

  • Democratic Party — Jill Abahsain vs. Alycia R. Gruenhagen.

8th Congressional District

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Senate District 2

  • Republican Party — Steve Green vs. Edward Strickland.

Senate District 5

Senate District 7

  • DFL Party — Ben DeNucci vs. Kim (Kotanias) McLaughlin.

Senate District 10

House District 5B

House District 6B

House District 10A

House District 10B

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  • Republican Party — Blake Paulson vs. Isaac Schultz vs. John Ulrick.

Aitkin County

  • Commissioner District 3 — Travis J. Leiviska, Patrick Murphy, Don Niemi (incumbent).
  • Commissioner District 5 — Michael L. Kearney, Ann Marcotte (incumbent), Doug McNeil.

Cass County

  • Soil and water supervisor, District 5 — Jennifer O’Neill, Jon D. Osowski, Bob Wright.

Crow Wing County

Mille Lacs County

  • Sheriff — Patrick Broberg, Kyle A. Burton, Travis Johnson, Ryan VanDenheuvel.

Todd County

  • Commissioner District 4 — Nikki Deyle, Robert Henrich, Lew Noska.

Wadena County

  • Commissioner District 1 — Don Burns, Victor M. Kern, Ron Noon.
  • Sheriff — Mike Carr Jr. (incumbent), Jason Hofer, Milo Scott.

Brainerd

  • Council member, Ward 1, special election — William Bieser, Leonard D. Skillings, Kara Terry.
  • Council member, Ward 4 — Gabe Johnson (incumbent), Emily LeClaire, Johnathan Miller.

NOTE: House District 10A candidate Charles “Chuck” Parins and Brainerd City Council Ward 1 candidate Leonard D. Skillings previously stated they are no longer actively campaigning for election to those respective positions. However, their names will appear on the ballot Tuesday.

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