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It's Pohlmeier, Nies in District 4; Wright, Raiche in District 3

Rich Pohlmeier of Brownton and Jeff Nies of Hutchinson will advance to the general election ballot for the McLeod County 4th District commissioner seat. The two were the top vote getters in today's (Aug. 9) primary election. Pohlmeier garnered 220 votes, or 40 percent, while Nies captured 182, or 33 percent, and challenger Brad Wick trailed with 142 votes, or 26 percent. A total of 559 votes was cast in the election. Pohlmeier and Nies will now compete for the seat currently held by Jeff Nies' father, Sheldon Nies, who intends to retire at the end of his current term.

The 4th District encompasses the cities of Biscay, Brownton and Hutchinson Precinct 1, and the townships of Hassan Valley, Rich Valley and Sumter.

In the 3rd District primary, incumbent Paul Wright of rural Hutchinson earned 325 votes of 498 total cast for 66 percent. Challenger Rob Raiche, Hutchinson, garnered 90 votes, or 18 percent, while challenger Kevin Masrud of Stewart earned 76 votes, or 15 percent. Wright and Raiche will now face off on the November general election ballot.

The 3rd District includes the city of Stewart, the city of Hutchinson Precinct 3, and the townships of Collins, Lynn, Penn and Round Grove.

Voter turnout was light, with only 8.82 percent of registered voters heading to the polls.

A more complete report, including a breadown of votes by precinct, will be published in the Aug. 17 print edition of The Chronicle.