By a close, but safe 693-vote margin Linda Doerr maintains her spot as the at-large representative for the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital board.
According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, the incumbent has totaled 6,680 votes, earning a victory over Deborah Olson (5,987 votes) and Bruce Hamond (5,925 votes). Doerr won by picking up 35.63 percent of the vote, with 31.93 percent going to Olson and 31.6 percent going to Hamond.
With the victory, Doerr will earn her ninth-consecutive term on the board. Doerr, like fellow incumbent Sheldon Johnson from Monticello, has shared her belief that moving the hospital to a 501c3 has been an important first step in preparing the NRMC health care system to meet the demands of the future.
Doerr is the vice president of senior services at St. Cloud Hospital and is the CEO for the St. Benedict Senior Communities, including the Monticello location.
Hamond is currently the Owner/President of Fit to Be Me, LCC, in Monticello and Executive Vice President of Jacobs Trading Co, out of Hopkins. Olson is a Territory Sales Manager.
NOTE: The number of votes for each candidate has been changed in this story to mirror changes made on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. The city of Monticello was originally shown as casting nearly 2,000 more votes than they actually casted. (10:30 a.m. Nov. 8)