Madsen wins fifth term on Kandiyohi County Board
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen has won election to a fifth term in office, defeating challenger John Cunningham.
Madsen, a farmer from rural Lake Lillian, had 1,926 votes.
Cunningham, a farmer from rural Atwater, had 1,258 votes.
All precincts were reporting, though absentee counting had not been completed.
Madsen represents District 5, which includes the cities of Kandiyohi, Atwater, Lake Lillian, Blomkest and the southern townships of East Lake Lillian, Lake Elizabeth, Fahlun, Gennesse, Edwards, Lake Lillian, Roseland, Holland, Whitefield, Harrison and Kandiyohi.
First elected to the board in 1994, Madsen said he sought re-election because he feels "driven" to meet people's needs, to look for solutions and to be an advocate for people.
"I like being able to work with people to create solutions that result in good policy decisions," Madsen said in an interview prior to the election.
Despite the challenging economy, Madsen said the county is still putting public safety first by looking out for people who need mental health care or child protection, and the county continues to maintain a high level of law enforcement and up-keep of roads and bridges.
Cunningham, who has served 15 years on the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board, said during the campaign he is a good mediator, has a powerful work ethic and desire to produce "quality work." Cunningham said he wanted to bring his experience, work ethic and willingness to be accessible to the public to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.