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Primary breakdown: Okeson vs. Anderson in District 2

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John Okeson was the top vote-getter in the District 2 race for Becker County Board, but he isn't taking anything for granted and says he'll campaign hard through the general election on Nov. 2.

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He'll face second-place winner Cyndi Anderson on the ballot.

Okeson won 32 percent of the total vote in the primary, with Anderson taking about 25 percent.

Ben Farner came in third with 22 percent and incumbent Harry Salminen, who has suffered from health problems the past few years, took fourth out of five with 18 percent. Gerry Anderson was also in the race, collecting 5 percent.

"I feel good about it," Okeson said of the primary campaign. "I thank the people who supported me and I hope they'll continue to support me on Nov. 2. I did a lot of door-to-door and visited with a lot of people."

Cyndi Anderson said she plans to stay positive and work hard during the general election campaign.

"I'm thrilled with the outcome (of the primary vote) and I look forward to working hard between now and November," she said. "I look forward to meeting a lot of folks in the district and earning their support."

While she plans to look at the precinct vote breakdowns, Anderson said she'll focus on the entire district. "I will only be positive, that's how I do business," she said. "I look forward to meeting with people and hearing what's important to them. I'll work hard and give it my best shot."

Farner said he simply ran out of time before he could reach all the voters.

"My campaign was to shake hands, and you get more bang for your buck in town," he said. "You get out to the lakes and it seems like every third person isn't a voter."

He praised the other candidates in the race.

"Cyndi has such great name recognition and John is so well known. They're great candidates and more power to them -- they did a great job," he said.

District 2 consists of three large precincts.

Okeson dominated in Lakeview Township, where he has served as township supervisor for a number of years.

He received 120 votes there, or 51 percent of the total.

Farner came in second there, with 46 votes, or 19 percent. Cyndi Anderson received 40 votes, or 17 percent. Salminen received 29 votes or 12 percent. Gerry Anderson picked up two votes there.

In Detroit Lakes Ward 3, Precinct 1, Okeson won with 86 votes, or 27 percent. Cyndi Anderson was second with 80 votes or 25 percent. Farner was third with 73 votes or 23 percent.

Salminen received 66 votes or 21 percent and Gerry Anderson picked up 10 votes, or 3 percent.

Ward 3 includes land surrounding Little Detroit, most of South Shore Drive, and an arm that reaches out to Long Lake.

In Detroit Lakes Ward 2, Precinct 1, Cyndi Anderson prevailed, receiving 87 votes, or 30 percent.

Okeson and Farner tied for second place, with 67 votes each, or 23 percent each. Salminen collected 55 votes, or 19 percent. Gerry Anderson received 15 votes, or 5 percent.

Ward 2 includes most of North Shore Drive, East Shore Drive and the triangle between Highway 10 East, Washington Avenue and the lake.

Salminen was philosophical about his loss.

"People have short memories and I've enjoyed the experience of representing the people of District 2," he said. "I just maybe think it was time for me to get out of there anyway. Best wishes to everybody still in it. There is some significant stuff coming up on the platter I would have liked to see through, but no regrets."

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