With the closing of the Minnesota candidate filing period Tuesday, a number of area county races will be contested. Those races with more than two filers will be narrowed down to two candidates during the Aug. 12 primary election. The other races will be on the general election ballot in November.
Perhaps the most interesting filing in Brown County was Watonwan County assistant attorney Chuck Hanson entering the county attorney race. He will be challenging longtime Brown County Attorney Robert Hinnenthal.
Hanson unsuccessfully ran for New Ulm City Council Ward 3 in 2012. He lost 950 to 831 to New Ulm Councilor Les Schultz.
Hanson is active with the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and involved in numerous New Ulm organizations.
Hinnenthal practices law related to estate planning and administration. He has served as the county's attorney since 2009. He served 18 years as an assistant Brown County attorney before reaching his position.
In other Brown County races, Sleepy Eye resident Dean Simonsen will challenge Commissioner Andrew Lochner for County District 4.
In County District 1, the candidates are Bobbie Harder, Matthew McConnell and Jim Nytes.
In County District 4, the candidates are Joy Cohrs and Steve Gillaspie.
In County District 5, the candidates are Ed Begeman, Robert Edwards, Norman Grams, Gary Kruggel and Mark Santelman.
In the county auditor race, the candidates are Marilee Peterson and Lisa Pfarr.
In County District 4, the candidates are Richard Androli and Nancy Prehn.
In the county recorder race, the candidates are Jane Bluhm and Linda Karst.
In County District 2, the candidates are Keith Brekken and Mark Rentz.
In County District 2, the candidates are Milton Steele and Greg Young.
In County District 4,the candidates are Tom Loveall and Rob Nelson.
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In County District 2, the candidates are Joe Connolly, John Grimm and Joseph Schloesser.