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Nelson wins Democratic primary

St. Joseph County’s former equalization director will be the Democrat opponent to face Republican incumbent Dennis Allen in the November general election.

Nottawa Township resident Judy Nelson topped Tim Carls in Tuesday’s primary election. She earned 410 votes while Carls claimed 310 in what turned out to be a high-profile election for the right to represent the party in November.

Nelson, 71, said she appreciates the confidence the district’s voters have placed in her. She said she vows to maintain a strong campaign in hopes of earning a two-year spot to the five-member board.

District 3 comprises Lockport, Nottawa, Florence and Sherman townships.

Carls, a 58-year-old Florence Township resident, lost his two previous bids – in 2014 and 2016 – to join the commission.

Tuesday was the first time he was contested in the primary.

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