Incumbents win U.S. House, Dakota County by landslides

John Kline

Kathleen Gaylord

"More of the same" is the takeaway from the District 2 races of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the U.S. House of Representatives. Area residents helped incumbents keep their spots by more-than comfortable margins Nov. 4.

Dakota County District 2 includes the cities of South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Sunfish Lake and Inver Grove Heights precincts 1 and 8-10.

The U.S. 2nd Congressional District includes all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue and Wabasha counties.

County race

Kathleen Gaylord dominated the Dakota County Commissioner District 2 race with more than 69 percent of the vote, a total of 10,346 votes. Challenger Bill Jungbauer, a West St. Paul city advisory committee member, earned 30.4 percent of the vote.

Gaylord has said the county's facing challenges related to income disparities and rising poverty levels among residents. Affordable housing, transit options and various services to provide help for struggling families are crucial in helping address those demands, she has said.

House seat

Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, kept his seat by a landslide. DFL candidate Mike Obermueller won nearly 39 percent of the vote, almost 20 points behind Kline's 56 percent. Independence Party candidate Paula Overby came in third with 5 percent of the vote.

Kline has represented U.S. House District 2 for six terms.

His legislative priorities include removing the "bloated bureaucracy standing between job seekers and the training they need to get back to work." Going forward, he's said he'd take steps to spur job creation and get the economy back on track.

— Kaitlyn Roby


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