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Katie Thurmes wins Democratic clerk of court primary

Katie Thurmes of Somerset has won the Democratic primary for St. Croix County clerk of court, earning a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, when her opponent will be departed Republican Clerk of Court Lori Meyer.

Thurmes received 700 write-in votes to 509 write-in votes for Kristi Severson, the current acting clerk of court, in the Aug. 12 primary.

Meyer resigned in June after 22 years in the clerk of court’s position to take the job of court administrator for Anoka County, Minn. Severson, the deputy clerk of court, took over when Meyer left in July.

State rules didn’t allow Meyer’s name to be removed from the primary ballot, and by winning the Republican primary with 1,232 votes, her name will automatically go on the general election ballot.

Thurmes has worked in the St. Croix County District Attorney’s office the past nine years and has 19 years of experience in the legal field in St. Croix County.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve St. Croix County in this capacity. I am qualified, experienced and can hit the ground running,” said Thurmes in announcing her candidacy for clerk of court in July.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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