There will be a new county attorney in Mille Lacs County come January.
Jan Jude, who has held the the county attorney position since 2002, has lost in a three-way primary run-off to Assistant County Attorney Mark Herzing and private law attorney Joe Walsh.
Herzing and Walsh will now square off in the November election for the right to the new Mille Lacs county attorney.
Herzing was the top vote-getter with 1,102 votes (39%). Walsh tallied 998 votes (35%). Jude received 721 votes, or 25 percent of the vote.
Herzing, the top vote-getter, in the county, did not show well in the City of Princeton, however. Princeton resident Walsh carried the city with 182 of the city’s 256 votes. That was more than double what any other candidate received in the county’s largest city. Jude was second in the city with 90 ballots cast in her favor. Herzing wasn’t far behind with 84 votes.
It was a different story for Herzing in Milaca, the city where he was born and raised. Herzing carried 204 of the city’s 412 ballots cast. Walsh was second with 122 votes while Jude trailed with 86 votes in the county seat.
When tabulating the combined votes of Princeton and Milaca, thew county’s two largest cities, it was Walsh who emerged as the top vote-getter with 304 votes. Herzing was second with 288 votes. Jude had 176 votes.
Jude carried her hometown of Foreston, Pease, Wahkon, and South Harbor Township on the east side of Mille Lacs Lake. Walsh won in 12 of the 25 precincts. Herzing carried nine precincts. In addition to a strong showing in the city of Milaca, Herzing had very strong support in the townships of Borgholm, Milaca, and Milo.