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A Possible Recount for House District 27A

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC--) A recount may be in the works in Freeborn County and a sliver of western Mower County. House District 27A's incumbent Robyn Brown was ousted by Richard Murray, by a mere 58 votes.

Due to the total votes being less than half a percent apart for the candidates, a recount is necessary. If Brown chooses to "waive" the recount she has until Friday morning to do so. A letter must be written and delivered to the canvassing boards in Mower and Freeborn counties. Otherwise, Freeborn's Auditor/Treasurer told us a re-count will soon follow.

The ballots are counted and the results are in. That means "currently" Richard Murray, is the newly elected Representative for House District 27A. Murray said he's ready to serve the public.

"Well, I think the first thing we have to do is get to work on the budget. We've got a 6-billion dollar budget deficit that we've got to work on and that's going to take all of our energy to start with," said Murray.

Bob Kindlers face may be familiar around town. For the past 23-years, he has worked for the Sheriff's Office. Now, after beating incumbent Mark Harig, Kindler will be the Sheriff.

"One of the campaign things that I promoted heavily was to restore the morale of our department. Once we get that morale back up and everyone focused and working together, our law enforcement services that we deliver to the community will improve greatly," said Kindler.

For the past 6-years, Vern Rasmussen, has been involved in Albert Lea's City Government, by serving on the city council. The community activist said it only seemed right to move up the ranks and be mayor.

"I'm really going to try to find, "How do we service our citizens better. What do we do to make their lives easier and make them want to be here in Albert Lea?" "said Rasmussen.

Rasmussen's opponent was Ron Hunter, a well-known Power 96 Radio DJ. Just last week Hunter began campaigning to be a "write-in" on the election ballot.

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