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An Autumn surprise

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When Autumn Lehrke announced early this year she would run against longtime Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson, the 28-year-old Cottage Grove businesswoman didn't get the most positive feedback.

"When I first decided to run," Lehrke said, "I was told Myra could never be beat."

For 17 years, that was the case. Peterson had such a lockdown on District 4 she twice ran unopposed for her seat and never had an opponent seriously challenge her.

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