Votes Cast For DFL Candidates In 5B Primary

By KBJR News 1

February 1, 2011 Updated Feb 1, 2011 at 7:14 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Today the primary election was held to decide which one of five DFL candidates will go on to the general election later this month.

For the second time in less than 6 months, American flags flew outside of polling places in district 5B.

Those voting Tuesday cast their votes for one of five DFL candidates vying for the representative district 5B seat that was vacated by Tony Sertich last month when he was appointed commissioner of the Iron Range Resources agency.

Krista Cvar is an election judge at one of the larger precincts in Hibbing and says it's important for voters to get to the polls in special situations like this.

"It's letting our voices be heard. It's letting our government know what we are wanting and what direction we are wanting to grow and become in our community," said Cvar.

Tuesday's special primary election will decide which of five DFL candidates will go against the Republican candidate and Independence party candidate in the February 15th special election.

"When they are small even they are so important because it leads to so much in the senate," said Chisholm resident Diane DuLong.

"It's our duty to vote. So we do and we have never missed an election," said Hibbing resident Arnold Connor.

Younger voters were out in droves during the November election, but election judges said they had seen only a few during this special primary election.

"We knew that Sertich wasn't in there any more and we thought it was very important to go and show who, as young voters, we thought should be in there," said student, Jenna Foley

"Our votes count too, I think people should get out and vote for the primary election because it is important," said Chisholm resident and student, Lauren Taylor.

Polls close at 8PM.