Even though, as of 11:07 PM last night, the Star Tribune had claimed that the Burnsville mayoral race was looking ok for Kautz (please note, they may change the content of this article, who knows with them), it appears that Jerry Willenburg may end up prevailing by just a few votes over Kautz this November.
I would assume these numbers are official but with the close race (17 votes) and Kautz’ pain-in-the-ass attitude, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she drags this out for weeks following the November election. If you’re looking for more election results from yesterday, you can search for them here.
Being that Jerry Willenburg ran under the premise that Kautz and her crew couldn’t handle the Heart of the City development because they had no experience in the area, I would guess that it’s the biggest reason she’ll have problems come the general election. There was plenty of opposition to the project, mostly seen at City Council meetings, and largely ignored by the Burnsville City Council. Perhaps the voters (all 12% of registered voters in Burnsville) finally spoke? But will they back it up in November?
What do you think? Will Burnsville’s current mayor lose her spot during the general election or does this close primary mean nothing of the final outcome?