Incumbent Ahlers takes Nobles District 1 Commissioner seat, new comer Paplow earns District 3 seat

WORTHINGTON – Results came in a little slower than expected Tuesday night in rural Minnesota, but in the end, unofficial results were declared before midnight locally in the 2020 General Election across the state.


In Nobles County, a race between County Commissioner District 1 incumbent Justin Ahlers and past commissioner Marvin Zylstra left Ahlers in that seat, by a margin of almost 500 votes. Ahlers took 64 percent of the vote, while Zylstra earned just under 36 percent.


In Commissioner District 3, currently held by Matt Widboom, Robert Paplow received over 71 percent of the votes, with Leticia Rodriguez earning over 28 percent, a difference of 629 votes.


In Worthington Ward 1, two newcomers to the city council vied for the seat, with Christopher Kielblock coming out on top over Aida Simon by 278 votes. Kielblock received 59 percent of the votes, Simon 40 percent.


Ward 2 incumbent Amy Earnt will hold her seat over David Janssen by 974 votes. Ernst got almost 72 percent of the ballots, with 28 percent of the ballots cast for Janssen.


Linden Olson, a long-time member of Worthington’s ISD 518 school board, lost his bid for re-election. Olson received under 18 percent of the votes, while newcomer Tom Prins earned over 20 percent. Joel Lorenz, with 19.68 percent, Stephen Schnieder with just under 20 percent and Brad Shaffer coming out the highest with 21.8 percent of the votes, will hold onto their school board seats.


In Murray County, the Commissioner District 1 vote, newcomer Molly Malone came out on top of incumbent James Jens, earning almost 64 percent of the votes.


Miron Carney will remain the mayor of Slayton, beating out contender Bradley Pagel by 94 votes. That race had Carney seeing 53.6 percent of the ballots cast his way, with Pagel earning 44.8 percent.


Check back later today for more election results.

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