Registered voters inside the town limits of Terry will likely be heading to the polls Tuesday, November 3 for town elections.
This election cycle voters will have choices to make as three candidates are running for mayor and seven more candidates are running for three council seats.
There will be no primary election, according to Prairie County Election Administrator Toni Kalfell.
“The basic rule is that you have to have at least four candidates for an office before we need to hold a primary,” Kalfell explained. “The most that we have is three for each office.”
City elections are non-partisan.
Contended races include: mayor, a Ward II seat and two Ward I seats.
Although all town positions are 4-year terms, the Ward I seat currently held by councilman Josh Helmuth is for two years. This is because Helmuth was appointed in 2008 to serve in the vacated seat of former council person Dale Kimmet. According to Montana statute any council person appointed to fulfill a vacated seat must file for election during the next general election. Helmuth has filed for the Ward I seat.
The other Ward I seat is currently held by Ron Kiosse, who has filed to run for mayor.
The Ward II council seat up for election is currently held by Elden Netzer, who indicated earlier that he would not re-file. Mayor Marvin Varner also indicated earlier that he would not be running.
All voters within town limits will vote for the mayor. Those residents living west of Logan Ave. will vote for the Ward I council seats, while residents who live east of Logan Ave. will vote for the Wade II council seat.
Residents can register to vote at the clerk and recorder’s office in the courthouse. The deadline to register is October 5.
Todd Braddock moved to Terry 10 years ago from Idaho. During that time he has been involved with the Terry Baseball Association, Prairie County Ambulance and Terry Volunteer Fire Department.
Braddock is self-employed. He began his sprinkler and landscaping business in 2000. He also works part-time at Buffalo Rapids.
“When I first moved here I just thought that when the current mayor didn’t run, that I would,” Braddock said. “I like living in Terry. I like the safety of it for my children and I just want to be involved in keeping it that way.”
Key issues Braddock said the council will need to address are improving streets, keeping Murn Park looking good, improving the town swimming pool and offering more activities for community members.
Braddock, 41, is married with three young children.
Ronald Kiosse moved to Terry from Townsend in 1984. He grew up north of Broadus.
Kiosse has served on the town council since 1993. He has been involved with the Montana Weapons Collectors Society, Eagles Club, National Rifle Association and is president of the Prairie County Sportsmen Association.
Kiosse has owned his auction business since 1984 and is also employed at Can AM Distributing in Miles City.
“I was asked by people in Terry, several people in Terry, (to run)” Kiosse said. “I’d like to keep the council running in a positive direction as it has been under the current mayor,” Kiosse said.
Kiosse, 59, is married with three grown children.
Kenneth Lacquement moved to Terry from Glendive 17 years ago.
Lacquement has been involved with the Prairie County Sportsman Association and the Terry Wesleyan Church. He is employed by the Prairie County Weed Board and is also employed by the county to spray mosquitoes during the summer.
“I’m real proud of our little town and our park,” Lacquement said. Making improvements to the streets is one important issue, along with saving money for the town to get further ahead, Lacquement said.
Lacquement, 60, is married with three grown children.
Ward I Town Council (2-year term)
Dennis Clarke Haughian was born and raised in Terry. He returned to Terry in 2005, after living in Dickinson, N.D. for three years.
He has lived in Mont., Colo., and Wyo. during his 25 years of federal service. He is retired and was employed as an agricultural loan officer from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
Haughian, 65, has two grown children.
Josh Helmuth was appointed to the Ward I council seat in 2008 and has re-filed for the seat. He could not be reached for comment.
Ward I Town Council
Chip Mintz moved to Terry in 1991.
He has been employed as the medical provider at Prairie Community Hospital during that time and has also served as the county health officer and medical director for the ambulance service.
He is running for the Ward I council position “to offer people a change.”
Those who address the town council should be treated with respect, Mintz said.
Mintz is married with three grown children.
Clinton Rakes was raised in Terry. Previously he has served on the Prairie Community Hospital board and on the county airport authority.
He is self employed and previously worked at Varner and Dockstaders for 22 years.
“I’d just like to try to make a difference,” Rakes said, noting fixing the streets in Terry is a priority.
Rakes is married and has two grown children.
Ward II Town Council
Rolane Christofferson was born and raised in Terry. She has worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years. She has also served as the director of the Prairie County Library for 25 years.
She served as a school trustee for 9 years and is currently a member of the American Legion Auxillary.
“I think it’s just important to be a part of your community and find out what’s going on,” Christofferson said. “It’s really important to have open communication with the public.”
Christofferson, 51, is married. She and her husband have six grown children.
Joe Johnson was born and raised in Terry. He is self employed and has owned his water well drilling business since 1965.
Improving streets and honesty in local government are two key issues, Johnson said.
Johnson, 71, is married and has four grown children.
Jim Ross returned to Terry in 1996. He is retired from a career as a prosthetic technician. He was the vice president of Scott Orthopedics in Denver, Colo.
“I like our community and I want to see it develop and have a nice place to live,” Ross said, adding he would like to see a good balance on the town council.
Ross, 70, is married and has two grown children.
Published July 8, 2009