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At end of filings, several races are already over

District 5A state Rep. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and 3rd District St. Louis County Commissioner Bill Kron have received free rides to another term. The pair of area public officials were unopposed when the candidate filing period ended Tuesday.

District 5A state Rep. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and 3rd District St. Louis County Commissioner Bill Kron have received free rides to another term. The pair of area public officials were unopposed when the candidate filing period ended Tuesday.
The only other area races where unopposed candidates exist are for the unpaid Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) commissioner seats. In the North St. Louis County District, Ray Busch of Babbitt is the only candidate in the 2nd District and Sharon Chadwick of Eveleth is the only candidate in the 5th District. Meanwhile, no candidates at all filed in the North 4th District.
In the South SWCD, Hartley Sandstrom of Meadowlands is the only candidate in the 1st District and no candidate filed in the 3rd District. The only SWCD contest in the county is in the South 4th District between David T. Davis of Duluth and George Host of Saginaw.
Meanwhile, in other county commissioner races, a four-way race has developed in the 1st District. Joel M. Anderson and Will Mattson have joined Carl E. Hammerberg in challenging incumbent Dennis E. Fink in the Duluth district.
In the 5th District, Jerry Brown of Duluth has joined John Lukan and Ken Harnell in challenging incumbent Peg Sweeney of Proctor.
In the 7th District, incumbent Steve Raukar of Hibbing will be challenged by Mark Casey of Chisholm.
In races for the state Senate, in District 5, state Rep. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, will try to hold the seat now held by U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Janezich. Tomassoni will be opposed by Republican Matt Matasich of Virginia.
In the 6th District, long-time incumbent Doug Johnson, DFL-Tower, will be challenged by Duluth School Board member Harry Welty, a Republican.
In the 7th District, Republican Justin Krych of Duluth has joined the race along with Constitution Party candidate Davey "Diesel Dave" Jones against incumbent Sen. Sam Solon, DFL-Duluth.
In the 8th District, incumbent Sen. Becky Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, will be challenged by Republican Dennis Jansen of Hinckley.
In races for the Minnesota House of Representatives, in District 5A, Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, is being challenged by Republican Tom Dean of Eveleth.
In District 5B, the seat now held by Tomassoni has attracted a crowd, with DFLers Anthony "Tony" Sertich of Chisholm, Jon Krog of Melrude, John Spanish of Hibbing, Dennis "Bear" Grubish of Hibbing, Shari Swanson of Buhl and Renee K. Tomatz of Hibbing facing off in the primary. In the general election, the winner will meet Republican Jim Collins of Hibbing and Independent Raymond Pierce of Hibbing.
In District 6B, incumbent Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, will be challenged by Republican Bernie Pistner.
In District 7A, incumbent Rep. Dale Swapinsky, DFL-Duluth, will have a rematch with Republican Allan Kehr of Duluth.
In District 7B, incumbent Rep. Mike Jaros, DFL-Duluth, will face Republican Larry Lownie, also of Duluth.
In District 8A, incumbent Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, will face Republican challenger Ray Wheeler of Esko for the third election in a row.
In the race for 8th District congressman, incumbent DFL Rep. James Oberstar of Chisholm will face Independent Mike Darling of Cambridge and the winner of the Republican primary between Bob Lemen of Grand Rapids and Warren L. Nelson of Shafer.
Meanwhile, 19 candidates filed for the U.S. Senate, including eight DFLers, two Republicans, four Independence Party candidates, two Constitution Party candidates, and one each from the Grassroots, Socialist Workers and Libertarian parties.

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