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Olsen earns win in Baraga County primary

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Lyle Olsen won the Republican primary vote for county commissioner.

Lyle Olsen came away from Tuesday’s vote as the winner of the Republican primary for Baraga County commissioner. With 200 votes, he led Burt Mason who had 150, and Cindy Larson who received 82 votes.

“I did my best, and that’s all I could do, it was in the voter’s hands,” Olsen said on Wednesday. He awaited the results of the election at the L’Anse American Legion’s burger night, and received the news of his victory from his competitor, Mason.

“I would like to thank all the people who came out and voted for me, and in general all the people who came out and voted,” Olsen said.

He said it is important for people to vote so they can “have a say” in how their government is run.

Olsen said he’ll continue to talk with people he meets in the community as he prepares for November’s general election against his Democratic opponent, Fran Whitman.

“I grew up with Fran Whitman, and it’s going to be a great rivalry,” he said.

Mason thanked all his supporters, saying he was honored by the people who chose to support him, and that he’s glad the people of Baraga County have had their voices heard. He wished Olsen luck in November’s election and encouraged voters to look closely at each candidate and choose the best leader.

Mason will continue his work with the Republican Party, Baraga County Chamber of Commerce, Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association, and other organizations.

“I’ve got plenty to keep me busy,” he said.

Larson could not be reached for comment.

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