WILLMAR — The final answer on who won the election for the open seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners in District 2 could be known by the end of the week.

Challenger, and projected winner, Steven Gardner currently holds a 13-vote lead over incumbent Steve Ahmann.

Steven Gardner 
File photo/ West Central Tribune
Steven Gardner File photo/ West Central Tribune

As is allowed under state law, Ahmann has requested a recount. The recount will be paid by the county since the vote difference between the two candidates is less than one half of 1 percent of the vote total.

The recount, which is open to the public, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Kandiyohi County Office Building located at 400 Benson Ave. S.W. in Willmar.

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Steve Ahmann File photo/ West Central Tribune
Steve Ahmann File photo/ West Central TribuneWest Central Tribune file photo

The Kandiyohi County Auditor's staff plus two teams of two Absentee Ballot Board judges will perform the recount. Kandiyohi County Auditor Mark Thompson is the official in charge of the recount.