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Belgard, Flohrs win seats

November 7, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - For the second time this year, Elliot Belgard has won the Martin County District 1 commissioner seat over Bob Toland.

With a significantly higher voter turnout Tuesday - 91 percent compared to 20 percent in February - Belgard received 1,059 votes to Toland's 970 votes.

"I can say I'm pleased with the results," Belgard said. "I've enjoyed doing the job and I look forward to being able to do it for four more years."

Belgard defeated Toland in a special election earlier this year to fill a vacancy left by former Commissioner Gerald Boler, who resigned in September 2011.

The First District covers the eastern portion of Martin County, including the towns of Truman, Granada, East Chain and the northeast corner of Fairmont.

Meanwhile in District 5, Steve Flohrs of Ormsby defeated Keith Hartmann of Northrop for a commissioner seat.

Flohrs received 1,123 votes to Hartmann's 921 votes.

"I'm happy to be elected," Flohrs said. "I look forward to representing District 5. I'd like to thank the voters, and I won't let them down. I'd also like to thank Keith Hartmann, because he was a great competitor, and he ran a good campaign."

Flohrs, who currently serves as the Martin County Soil and Water District chairman, will have to give up that position to serve as commissioner.

District 5, which covers the northwest corner of Martin County, including the towns of Trimont, Ormsby, Northrop, and the northwest corner of Fairmont, has been represented by Jack Potter since 2001. Potter declined to seek re-election this year.

District 3 Commissioner Steve Donnelly was running unopposed and retained his seat.



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