Imdieke and Welle get the primary nod for District 4 in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR -- Roger Imdieke and Alan Welle were the top two vote-getters in the primary election Tuesday amongst a field of six candidates competing for the Kandiyohi County District 4 Commissioner race.
Imdieke, of rural New London, and Welle, who lives on Eagle Lake near Willmar, will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election.
The winner of that race will fill the post currently held by Commissioner Dennis Peterson, of Spicer, who did not file for re-election.
According to the unoffical election results, Imdieke had 389 votes and Welle had 303.
Donnell Williamson came in third with 191 votes.
Fourth was Mike O'Brien with 178, the Karen Nelson with 143 and John Nething with 37 votes.
Imdieke said he was "gratified" and "humbled" by the support from district voters.
He said it was easy to be one of six candidates running in the primary, but being one of two candidates running in the general election will take the campaign to another level. He said, however, he does not intend to change the way he campaigned.
"The issues are the same," he said. The challenge will be to convince voters who's the "right person for the job."
Imdieke said he was relieved the vote didn't come down to a one-vote margin. One of his daughters was unable to vote Tuesday because she was in the hospital giving birth to her second child -- a little girl.
Welle was not available for comment late Tuesday night.
District 4 includes the cities of Spicer, New London and Regal, as well as Burbank, Irving, Roseville, Green Lake and New London Townships.