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Voters to narrow candidate field at Primary

The field of candidates for area elected offices in this spring's election will be narrowed when voters participate in the primary election next Tuesday. Polling location and hours information is published elsewhere in this week's Herald.

For area school board elections, only the River Falls School District had enough candidates file by the Jan. 2 deadline to warrant holding a primary. Eunice Beauchman, Geoffrey Force, Peggy Foster-Harris, Rellen Hardtke and Stacy Johnson-Myers are seeking two available board seats. Voters will reduce the number of candidates to four. Dustin Pfundheller, a college student who's studying abroad, has dropped out of the contest, but his name will still appear on the ballot.

Interest in one of the Pierce County Board seats for the spring election has also resulted in a primary. In District 6, involving part of the City of River Falls, the number of candidates will be trimmed from three to two. Pat Hagan, incumbent Mike Larson and Nikki Shonoiki are seeking the seat.

Statewide, a presidential primary toward the national election this fall will be held Tuesday, too. On the Democratic Party ballot are: Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Bill Richardson. On the Republican Party ballot are: Duncan Hunter, Fred Thompson, Tom Tancredo, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.

Several of the candidates on each of those ballots have dropped out of the races, but their names will still appear.