Washington Co. incumbents lost their seats

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Mayors are on the ballot in most east metro cities, and tax and spending issues loom behind the most contested races.

Washington County's two longest-serving commissioners have lost their seats.

In the First District, Hugo Mayor Fran Miron defeated Dennis Hegberg, the county's longest-serving commissioner who has been re-elected six times. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Miron won with 55 percent of the vote.

In the Second District, Ted Bearth defeated Bill Pulkrabek, who had been re-elected three times. Both Bearth and Pulkrabek are former Oakdale mayors. With all precincts reporting, Bearth had 53 percent of the vote.

In the Fifth District, covering most of Woodbury, County Commissioner Lisa Weik defeated Nancy Remakel. With all precincts reporting, Weik had 60 percent of the vote.

The County Board outcome has implications for nearly a quarter-million county residents who depend on services such as roads, social welfare programs, libraries and the Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, at least three mayors in Washington County lost their jobs.

In Lake Elmo, Mike Pearson defeated Dean Johnston. In Oak Park Heights, where a dispute over city finances for a new St. Croix River bridge helped drive the election, Mary McComber upset David Beaudet. And in tiny Landfall, where allegations of scandal and mismanagement have plagued the city, James Dumer edged incumbent Greg "Flash" Feldbrugge.

Another battleground was in Cottage Grove, where Mayor Myron Bailey survived a challenge in a controversy over construction of a new Public Safety/City Hall Building, completed this month.

Two referendums for a proposed swimming pool and park improvements were defeated in Cottage Grove.

In Stillwater, after a year of confrontations over spending to promote a new St. Croix River bridge in Oak Park Heights, incumbent Jim Roush lost his City Council seat to Tom Weidner. Newcomer Ted Kozlowski barely won a Ward 2 seat to replace Micky Cook, who didn't run again.

In Ramsey County, Vadnais Heights, reeling with financial troubles at the city's new ice arena, had nine candidates competing for three seats on the City Council.

Kevin Giles • 651-925-5037

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