An Autumn surprise
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.