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DeBlog: Why Do We Vote For Soil Commissioner?

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By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As you walk into your polling place this morning to look at the ballot, no doubt you’ll recognize the names of people running for governor. Perhaps you’ll even recognize the names of the people running for State Auditor. Perhaps not.

But there are certainly some races that you’ll have a really tough time figuring out what to do with.

Soil and Water Commission: Do I vote Amber Collett, Greg Kryzer, Lora Jones or Scott Tracy in District 2? Richard Strong, Alex Farrell, David Rickert or Stephen Wells in District 4. Patty Thorsen in St. Paul asked: Why do we vote for soil and water conservation commission?

Judges: In Washington County, the Strib wrote about the 25 candidates for judge. What?

I only have four contested judicial elections on my sample ballot, but Elizabeth Wolf in Oakdale wondered: Why do we vote for judges?

Sheriff: There’s a hot race in Ramsey County. My sheriff in Hennepin County is unopposed. But Jeff Hagge in Rochester wondered: We don’t elect a police chief, why are we electing a sheriff?

It’s hard enough to be an educated voter on the main races — why do we elect all of these people? I’d love your thoughts. This will be our Election Day Good Question — Tuesday night at 10.

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