Wednesday’s ballots result in little change in District 5 race
Incumbent Commissioner Doug Houge remains in the lead with Michael Starry in second place.
Additional primary election votes tallied Wednesday, Aug. 12, split almost evenly between the three District 5 candidates for Crow Wing County Board.
Michael Starry earned the most new votes with 38, bringing his total to 733, while incumbent Commissioner Doug Houge added 36 for 1,143 and candidate Tom Nixon received 30, increasing to 531. This resulted in a slight shift in percentages, with Houge’s share of the total number of votes dropping slightly while Nixon and Starry each gained.
Absentee and mail ballots received Thursday will also count toward official totals, and the canvas board will meet Friday morning to certify the results.
While Nixon remains in third place, he said Tuesday night he was strongly considering running a write-in campaign headed toward the general election, particularly if the additional ballots maintained or improved his position in the race. Nixon did not receive the most votes in any of the 20 voting precincts in District 5, but he did come in second place to Houge in five districts. Houge won 14 districts to Starry’s six.