UPDATED Voters' Guide: A Complete Look at the 2012 Statewide and Local Election

Covering every race in every town, St. Michael Patch has the complete rundown of the 2012 election.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, St. Michael Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To . In Otsego and other areas, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website and enter the approriate information.
  • Polling locations: For . To find polling locations and precincts in outlying areas, click here.
  • Voter Registration: Are you registered to vote? Click here to find out what you need to know about voter registration.
  • Absentee Voting: Patch has all the information about voting absentee here.


Click on a candidate's name for biographical information and answers to our candidate questionnaires. (Some also link to candidate’s home page, in event they did not fill out our forms. Those with no link have not responded and have no website.)

 St. Michael City Council

  • Chris Schumm (appointed)
  • Cody Gulick
  • Joe Marx (appointed)
  • Tom Biernat
  • Michael Griffith

St. Michael Mayor

Jerry Zachman (incumbent) uncontested

Albertville City Council

  • James Krutzig (withdrawn, but name will appear on ballot)
  • Larry Sorensen (incumbent)
  • John Vetsch (incumbent)
  • Mark Barthel
  • Rob Olson
  • Paul Turpin

Albertville Mayor

  • Jillian Hendrickson
  • Don Peterson

Wright County Board - District 2

  • Michael Potter
  • Mary Wetter

Wright County Board District 3

  • Mark Daleiden
  • Tom Darkenwald

Independent School District 885 Board

House District 30B

  • David FitzSimmons
  • Sharon G. Shimek

Senate District 30

U.S. Congress - District 6

  • Jim Graves
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann

U.S. Senate

  • Michael Cavlan
  • Kurt Bills
  • Tim Davis
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Stephen Williams

Ballot Issues - Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"

Amendment 2: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?"

Samara Postuma October 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Three stories following the Women of Today Voters Forum have been posted and readers and attendees have left comment and feedback on them. We will hopefully have video up from Tuesday night soon as well.
Mike Schoemer October 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
JoJo, Yes, we are doing things a bit differently with the political profiles. It's too easy for someone to say "Paul Turpin doesn't like puppies" or something to that effect (obviously worse) via the comments section, so we're turning them off here. If you want to submit a letter, or comment on the candidate forum story in reaction to what the candidates said, you are welcome to do so.
Paul Turpin October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Just for the record. I love puppies...
Mike Schoemer October 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Ha! Thanks, Paul.
Larry Sorensen October 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
It's not too late to do your homework on your local candidates. Every vote counts. Here is a link to a Letter to the Editor I submitted in August with my thoughts on local elections: http://stmichael.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-sorenson-reminds-voters-to-do-their-homework


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