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Kandiyohi County District 2 commissioner race recount begins

The hand recount of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners race in District 2 began shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the County Office Building in downtown Willmar.

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Kandiyohi County election judges Suzanne Rogers and Jan Lindblad begin the process of hand counting ballots in the District 2 Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners race. Commissioner Steve Ahmann, incumbent, and Bruce DeBlieck, a representative from Gardner's campaign watch. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR β€” The hand recount of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners race in District 2 began shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the County Office Building in downtown Willmar.

Challenger Steven Gardner holds a 13-vote lead over incumbent Steve Ahmann, who requested the recount after the results were canvassed last week.

Election judges will hand count all of the ballots from District 2, which is completely within the city of Willmar. The precincts being counted are Ward 3 β€” Precincts 2 and 3 and Ward 4 β€” Precincts 1, 2 and 3. All totaled there were 2,876 ballots cast in the District 2 race.

Representatives from each campaign are allowed to watch the recount and challenge ballots they feel are being counted incorrectly.

For more related stories, see Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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