Johnson keeps his spot as Monticello representative on hospital board

Sheldon Johnson will keep his spot as the city of Monticello representative on the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital board after narrowly beating Barbara Scanlon, who had actually previously withdrawn from the race, but not gotten her name removed from the ballot.

It was reported on the Minnesota Secretary of State website early Wednesday morning that Johnson, who took over the Monticello seat when Dr. Joseph Mahoney resigned from it this summer, earned 1,721 votes (38.66 percent). Scanlon, who stopped actively campaigning and withdrew from the race for medical reasons, still received 1,633 votes (36.68 percent). Bill Mickle, the third candidate picked up 1,057 votes (23.74 percent).

Johnson is the former superintendent of schools in Monticello, as well as a past district governor of Monticello Rotary Club. Johnson has previously expressed his support of the board of directors’ decision to move to the 501c3 status. He has also stated that a positive relationship with physicians and an upcoming affiliation with a larger conglomerate will help result in debt reduction.

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)