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Meet the commissioner candidates

County commissioner and local businessman Paul Bergman passed away in July after a lengthy fight with the rare disease, scleroderma. In addition to loved ones, friends, and a popular business, he left behind a vacant seat on the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the primary election for his seat will be held. Four candidates - Jeremy Hurd, Mary Rosati, Amy Stark and Richard Sundstrom - filed for the seat. The primary will be used to narrow the field to two who will then vie for the District 4 seat in a January election. The district includes wards 2 and 4 of Two Harbors and the second precinct of unorganized territory 2. The term lasts until the end of 2014.

The election will be held at the Two Harbors Community Center at 417 South Ave., Two Harbors. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Constituents may check the Secretary of State's website at to see if they are residents of District 4 and registered to vote.

The Lake County News-Chronicle contacted all of the candidates running in the special election for the District 4 County Commissioner seat on Oct. 9 by email or telephone, using information provided in their profiles on the Secretary of State's website and other contact information when available. They were asked to complete a questionnaire by either email or telephone.

Candidates were given until noon on Oct. 16 to return their answers. They were given a 300-word limit for their responses to the three questions. Answers or additions were not accepted after the deadline.

The newspaper is not responsible for errors in candidates' submissions. As with letters to the editor and all reader submissions, the newspaper reserves the right to edit material for accuracy, space and civility.

Candidate Richard Sundstrom did not submit answers within the given time frame.