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Christensen, Nagel advance in District 5 commissioner race

The ballot has been set for McLeod County’s District 5 Commissioner race and the city of Hutchinson’s mayoral tilt as the result of the Aug. 12 primary election.
Jon Christensen, incumbent District 5 county commissioner, and Hutchinson resident Joe Nagel will face off for the seat on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Challenger Bill Hard of rural Hutchinson was eliminated from the field.
Christensen received 319 votes of the total 770 cast, for 41.43 percent. Nagel captured 234 votes, 30.39 percent, while Hard garnered 217 votes, 28.18 percent.
Christensen will finish a two-year term Jan. 1. He was elected in November 2012, after redistricting of the Hutchinson-area commissioner districts created a two-year term, rather than a four-year term.
The primary election also narrowed the field of candidates for mayor of Hutchinson. Incumbent Steve Cook was being challenged by former mayor Paul Ackland and current City Council member Gary T. Forcier.
Cook and Forcier emerged from the field of three and will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Cook received 569 votes, or 42.43 percent, while Forcier garnered 492, 36.69 percent, and Ackland received 280, 20.88 percent.

For more, see the Aug. 20 print edition of The Chronicle.