At the first meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners in 2023, there will be three new county commissioners sworn into office as Tuesday’s election witnessed three close, contested election.
It should be noted that election results are not official until certified by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Wright County made history Tuesday, electing three women to the county board – the first time in county history that three women will be county commissioners on the same board.
Tina Diedrick won election is District 1, defeating challenger Terry Strege. Diedrick received 6,520 votes (56.32 percent), while Strege received 5,013 votes (43.30 percent).
Districts 3 and 4 were subject to redistricting with the flipping of two jurisdictions – Albertville going from District 4 to District 3 and a precinct of District 3 moving to District 4. The resulting change in population required both commissioners to be subject to run for re-election. District 3 Commissioner Mark Daleiden announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. District 4 Commissioner Mary Wetter, who was elected in 2020 by defeating incumbent Mike Potter, opted to seek another term.
In District 3, Jeanne Holland defeated Potter. Holland received 4,997 votes (52.37 percent), while Potter received 4,491 votes (47.07 percent).
In District 4, Nadine Schoen defeated Wetter. Schoen received 5,716 votes, while Wetter received 5,224 votes.
The sheriff’s and county attorney’s race were uneventful since both Sheriff Sean Deringer and County Attorney Brian Lutes ran unopposed. Deringer received 47,411 votes (98.8 percent), while Lutes received 43,425 votes (99.16 percent).