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Four candidates for county recorder, three for auditor-treasurer, means primary vote Aug. 12

Filing closed Tuesday with the addition of several more candidates running for office in Becker County.

There are four candidates for county recorder: In addition to Sandra (Sandee) Listul and Patricia Swenson, Darryl Hensel filed Monday and Karen Wenner filed Tuesday.

Long-time Becker County Recorder Darlene Maneval did not file and plans to retire.

There are three candidates for auditor-treasurer: Darin Halvorson, Mary E. Hendrickson and Brant Mouw, who filed Tuesday.

The auditor-treasurer position has been vacant since its most recent holder, Ryan Tangen, took a job with the Detroit Lakes School District earlier this year.

A primary election will be held Aug. 12 for those offices with more than two candidates.

Several other contested races will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot: Incumbent Ben Grimsley will face challenger Mark Hagedorn for a seat representing District 2 on the Becker County Board.

Tim Clements and Todd Glander will face off in the race for county sheriff. Sheriff Kelly Shannon did not file and plans to retire. He was appointed to the job two years ago after former Sheriff Tim Gordon resigned.

No one filed to challenge incumbent Commissioner Larry Knutson for his seat representing District 1 on the County Board.

No one filed to challenge County Attorney Gretchen Thilmoney, who was appointed to the post earlier this year, after Mike Fritz became a district judge.      

Eugene Pavelko and Jerome Flottemesch have no challengers for two seats on the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

City council and school board elections will also be held Nov. 4, but they don’t generally use primary elections, so filing for those races will be July 29 to Aug. 12.

Also appearing on ballots in Becker County will be contests for U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state representative, governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and Minnesota attorney general.