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Low turnout for Douglas County election

Less than 10 percent of registered Douglas County voters decided city council, village trustee, town and county boards and school board races Tuesday night.

There were no surprises in the uncontested Superior City Council race. All the candidates elected are veterans of city government. Councilors Dan Olson, Warren Bender, Denise McDonald, Bob Finsland and Esther Dalbec ran unopposed, as did former city councilor Dennis Dalbec.   

Only four of the 21 open seats on the Douglas County Board were contested. Supervisors Pat Ryan and Larry Quam re-earned two-year terms with more than 65 percent of the vote in their districts. With three of four precincts reporting, incumbent Kay Johnson was leading with 63 percent of the vote in the 16th District. Her opponent, Gary Peterson, took Lakeside by six of the 58 votes cast.

However, in the county’s 18th District, Rae Ann Anderson, town supervisor of Summit, handily defeated Douglas County Board Supervisor and Summit Town Chairman Dan Corbin. Anderson carried the district with 79 percent of the vote.

Two new members will join the Superior School Board, each serving three-year terms. In the four-way race for two seats, Steven Stupak carried 26 percent of the vote and Sheila Keup took 33 percent of the vote, defeating James Farkas and incumbent Mary Klun, who each garnered only 20 percent of the vote.