WILLMAR -- Jim Butterfield defeated three-term Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Falk in Tuesday's election in District 1.
Unofficial votes gave Buttefield the lead with 53 percent of the vote.
District 1 includes Ward 2 and precincts 2 and 3 of Ward 1 of Willmar.
This was Butterfield's first attempt at running for an elected office.
In his campaign, Butterfield said he would bring a "fresh set of eyes" and new enthusiasm to the board.
Falk, who is chairman of the county board, had been seeking his fourth term in office.