Commissioners eye transportation in next terms; Incumbents Gabrielson, Glynn get 4 more years on county board

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Incumbents Tim Gabrielson, 67, and Polly Glynn, 69, will serve four more years on the Mower County Board of Commissioners, and they expect transportation funding to be a key issue.

In District 2, Glynn won another nail-biter in the rematch of the 2012 race in which she unseated Tucker by less than 70 votes. This time around, she won by 52 votes with 1,947 (50.56 percent) to Tucker’s 1,895 (49.21 percent).

“Once again, I’m humbled by the fact that I did win, especially by such a close margin,” Glynn said.

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After winning another tight race, Glynn said she’s more committed to reaching out to constituents to see what she can do to better represent the district.

Glynn, a Grand Meadow resident and a retired president of LeRoy’s Farmers State Merchant Bank, unseated Tucker in 2012 after he’d served 16 years on the county board. With his experience, Glynn praised Tucker as someone who could have stepped right back into the job, but she’s pleased to have another four years on the board.

“I love what I do,” she said.

In District 1, Gabrielson won with 2,224 votes (69.74 percent) to James Williams’ 953 votes (29.88 percent).


Gabrielson, a retired Farmers Insurance agent, was pleased with the win and said he’s looking forward to continuing to communicate with constituents about the needs and challenges facing Mower County.   

“I’m just going to continue to try and do what I think is best for the county,” he said.

Glynn and Gabrlelson both pointed to roads and bridge funding issues as a key topic facing the board in their next terms.

“We’ve gotta do something with the infrastructure,” Gabrielson said.

Glynn called on the state to complete unfinished business on transportation bills and funding plans so the county will better be able to address shortfalls moving forward and then best decide how to move forward.

Gabrielson too called on the state and federal governments to be fiscally responsible and enact action on roads and bridges. He said he’s hopeful for change after Tuesday’s election results across the country.

Earlier this year, the county board passed a half-cent sales tax to fund specific road and bridge projects, but it passed to start in 2018. Gabrielson said he still wishes the sales tax would be starting in 2017 as originally intended, because it will cost more to wait a year. The board opted to wait to pressure for more state and federal funds to back infrastructure projects.

Glynn and Gabrielson thanked the constituents for their continued support, and both said they look forward to conversing with constituents about the issues.

In Mower County Judicial races, Incumbent Judge Jeffrey Kritzer won another term with 98,548 votes (57.24 percent) to challenger Craig Monnier’s 73,108 (42.47 percent).