Primary election will trim council field

6 candidates give their last pitch to voters

By John McLoone

Voters in the City of Hastings will trim the field of candidates for two atlarge seats on the Hastings City Council from six candidates to four in the primary election set for Tuesday, Aug. 9.

On pages 67 of this edition of the Hastings Journal, the candidates were invited to write their final words to vot-Audience See ELECTION, Page 7

members look on as former city council member Anthony Alongi (far right) moderates the candidate forum presented by Hastings Progressives. At the dais left to right: Ian Martin, Tom Wright, Angie Haus, Dave Pemble and Dennis Gerald Peine. Voters will be narrowing the field of six down to four at the August 9 primary election. Photo by Bruce Karnick ers. The candidates for the seat, in ballot order, are Tom Wright, Dave Pemble, Angie Haus, Joe Balsanek, Ian T. Martin and Dennis Gerald Peine. Also on the ballot is Dean W. Markuson, but he has since pulled out of the race.

The final four will challenge for the two seats on the ballot for the fall general election on Nov. 8.

Also on the Hastings ballot is a contested election for State Senator in the newlyformed District 41. State Rep. Tony Jurgens is running against Tom Dippel in the Republican primary.

There is also a primary election for Dakota County Attorney.

On the ballot are Kathy Keena, Jeffrey Sheridan, Elizabeth Lamin and Matt Little. Keena is the current Dakota County Attorney. She was appointed to the post in May 2021 when James Backstrom retired.

There are also primary state races for governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general on the ballot.

Early voting underway

Early voting for the statewide primary election started Tuesday, Aug. 2. In early voting, you can cast your ballot and feed it directly into a ballot counter at Hastings City Hall or the Dakota County Administration building.

Early voting hours at Hastings City Hall, 101 4th Street E., are as follows:

•Monday Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Monday, August 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Absentee voting is underway. You may request an absentee ballot, complete it according to the enclosed instructions and return it in the envelopes provided. Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day.

Voters can also cast their ballot in person on the day of the primary election. The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 9. Polling place hours are 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Find your polling place, apply for an absentee ballot, check your voter registration status and more at Visit the City of Hastings Election webpage for more information at

August 3, 2022