CHISAGO COUNTY — Sheldon Anderson will be running two election campaigns in less than a year.
House District 17B candidate Bob Barrett defeated Anderson in a special run-off election Aug. 10 and earned a spot on the Republican side of the general election ballot this fall. After the defeat, Anderson filed to run for his current position as Wyoming mayor.
Barrett, the party-endorsed candidate from Shafer, earned 1,916 votes while Anderson collected 611 votes in the primary.
Anderson said he was up against long odds in his bid for the House.
“I was up against a candidate who had the local party endorsement and the state party endorsement,” said Anderson. “I did the best I could with what I had and I’m looking forward now to running for my fourth term as mayor of Wyoming.”
Barrett will move on to challenge DFL-endorsed candidate Cindy Erickson of North Branch Nov. 2 for the right to serve the Chisago County district in the Minnesota House of Representatives.Current Wyoming City Council member Russ Goudge has filed to challenge Anderson for the Wyoming mayor position.
Anderson said he got support from all over the county, but it wasn’t enough to top the Republican endorsement. Anderson lost the Wyoming precinct by seven votes.
“That’s when I knew it was going to be a rough night,” he said.
The House 17B race is without an incumbent. Current Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL-North Branch) announced his retirement from the Legislature earlier this year after serving for two terms.
In one other Chisago County primary election, Sheriff candidates Karl Schreck and Rick Duncan will advance to the Nov. 2 general election. Duncan earned 46 percent of the vote and Schreck earned 35 percent. Mark Osland was eliminated with just 17 percent of the vote.