Welcome to Lakeville Patch's hub for all things Election 2012. Here, we'll be offering up-to-the-moment election results from the races all across town. We will also have links to Lakeville Patch's regional (think county races) as well as state and federal (think senate and president) election coverage.
- | Dakota County election results including judicial races | Other local coverage: Burnsville | Eagan | Northfield | Apple Valley/Rosemount | Mendota Heights | Inver Grove Heights | Voter's Guide
We're on top of all the local races that affect Lakeville including:
- State senate and house races
- City Council
- School Board
If you're looking for updates on all of Dakota County's legislative races, or are looking for county or judicial contest results, be sure to check out our Dakota County election hub by clicking here.
To find results for the Presidential election, senate race, congressional election and constitutional amendment questions, you can find all the up-to-the-minute results here on Patch by clicking here.
Looking for results on those local races around the towns of Dakota County? Check out the latest from our sister Patches around the South Metro:
- Burnsville | Eagan |Northfield | Apple Valley/Rosemount | Mendota Heights | Inver Grove Heights
* - Denotes incumbent
ALL PRECINCTS ARE REPORTINGSenate District 56 (Northwest Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage √ * Dan Hall GOP 14293 52.44 Leon Thurman DFL 12908 47.35 Senate District 57 (Northeast Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage Pat Hall GOP 20199 45.73 √ Greg Clausen DFL 23890 54.09 Senate District 58 (Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage √ * Dave Thompson GOP 23457 57.61 Andrew Brobston DFL 17210 42.27
STATE HOUSEHouse District 56B (Northwest Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage Roz Peterson GOP 10515 49.52 √ Will Morgan DFL 10685 50.32 House District 57A (Northeast Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage √ * Tara Mack GOP 11420 53.37 Roberta Gibbons DFL 9941 46.46 House District 58A (Lakeville) Name Party Total Votes Percentage √ Mary Liz Holberg GOP 12419 59.09 Colin Lee DFL 8574 40.80
MAYORLakeville Mayor (One winner) Name Total Votes Percentage * Mark Bellows 10803 39.08 Laurie Rieb 4638 16.73 √ Matt Little 12175 43.93
Lakeville City Council (Top two win four-year terms)Name Total Votes Percentage √ * Kerrin Swecker 12960 35.46 √ Doug Anderson 13695 37.47 David Bares 9717 26.59
SCHOOL BOARDLakeville School Board (Top three win four-year terms) Name Total Votes Percentage √ * Judy Keliher 11344 21.33 √ * Bob Erickson 11948 22.46 √ Terry Lind 11746 22.12 Jennifer Harmening 10055 18.90 Lori Amborn 6068 11.41 Bader A. Alossaimi 1832 3.44
AN HISTORICAL PERSPECITVE
Lakeville is considered, not only a Repiublican community, but one of Minnesota's strongest GOP contingent. For perspective: in 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain visited Lakeville for a campaign stop. Generally speaking, candidates only visit friendly locations in the midst of the campaign.
The proof is in the pudding. In 2008, President Obama beat McCain by 10 percentage points, 54-44. In Lakeville? McCain beat Obama by a similar margin of 10 points, 45-55.
McCain carried 12 of Lakeville's 14 precincts. A whopping 81 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, according to the city, besting the state number of 78 percent, which was best in the country.
Beyond presidential politics, Lakeville Republican Representatives Mary Liz Holberg and Pat Garofalo are not only stalwarts of elections, but they also chair two of the most powerful committees in the Minnesota House—Holberg the Ways and Means Committee, and Garofalo the Education Finance Committee. Freshman Senator Dave Thompson is a leader of Minnesota's Republican caucus.
Nationally, Rep. John Kline, a Lakeville resident, is the Republican chairman of the U.S. House's Education and Workforce Committee.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS YEAR
Lakeville's local government is guaranteed some new blood this year.
Longtime Lakeville School Board Member Kathy Lewis announced her retirementafter more than 20 years serving the town. Her open seat guarantees at least one fresh-face on the board.
As for the city council, Laurie Rieb announced she's running for mayor instead of city council, meaning her seat is promised to be filled by a new face.
Redistricting also caused a local governance shakeup. In addition to adding a couple of new voting precincts, Lakeville was splintered into two additional senate districts, resulting in new representatives in both the house and senate for a number of Lakeville's northern residents.
Also, Lakeville is no longer a part of Rep. Pat Garofalo's house district and Rep. Mary Liz Holberg moved districts, so she's no longer considered an incumbent.
- Still confused? Be sure to check out our voting guide so you know where to vote.