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Stark and Hurd advance in District 4 Commissioner primary

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The field of candidates for the Lake County Board of Commissioners seat has been narrowed to two. Jeremy Hurd and Amy Stark will advance to the general election in January. The winner will fill the District 4 seat formerly held by Two Harbors businessman Paul Bergman who passed away in July. The District 4 commissioner represents wards 2 and 4 of Two Harbors and the second precinct of unorganized territory 2.

Wednesday morning after all the ballots had been counted the dust had settled on election night, Hurd, an attorney with Orman Nord & Hurd in Duluth, told the Lake County News-Chronicle that he plans to make good use of the time leading up to election day.

"I hope to have the opportunity in the next couple of months to connect with everyone in the District who wants to learn more about my candidacy.   Lake County needs a strong advocate and a commissioner with a broad range of experience," he said.  "With my private sector experience I can help Lake County stay in front of issues affecting our economy, and I intend to fight to ensure that projects - like broadband- are completed and are an asset for all of us.

Stark, a supervisor for Lake County Human Services said her goal before the January election is to get to know more about the concerns of constituents. Throughout the campaign process she has learned that copper mining and the broadband project are on peoples' minds. She said she sees her experience in human services as an asset to her role as a county commissioner.

"Part of our job is to recognize peoples' needs and advocate for them. I'd like to apply those skills to the general public and try to give them what they need," she said adding that if elected, she will step down from her current position to avoid conflict of interest and give her attention to the position of commissioner. "I want to be part of the solution," she said.

Out of 423 votes, Hurd received 192 and Stark garnered 176. Rick Sundstrom and Mary Rosati, also on the ballot, received 11 votes and 44 votes, respectively.