By Kay Braddock
As filing closed Monday for the June 8 primary election, most incumbents seeking county seats are running unopposed.
These include: County Attorney Rebecca Convery, District 2 County Commissioner, Deanna Bockness, County Treasurer Jamie Smith, Justice of the Peace Kathy Henry, County Coroner Dale Hellman and County Public Administrator Tim Rittal.
The sheriff’s race includes three candidates who are all running as Republicans. They are incumbent Bill Klunder, Ryan Ketchum, who currently serves as a reserve officer for the sheriff’s office and Rowdy McMillian.
Some discussion had occurred at recent county commissioner meetings regarding the legitimacy of McMillian’s candidacy due to residency issues. After some research it was determined that state statutes allow candidates up until the day prior to the general election to become county residents.
Other names that will appear on the GOP primary ballot will include those seeking seats as Precinct Committee man and woman. With four precincts within the county and two seats for each precinct, a total of eight seats are available to fill. The four uncontested Precinct Committee man and woman races are: Precinct I Committee man (west of Logan Ave.) Bob van der Valk; Precinct 4 Committee man (rural) Doug Singleton; Precinct 2 Committee man (east of Logan Ave.) Troy Hess and Precinct 2 Committee woman JoDee Hess.
Precinct 4 Committee woman is the only contested seat with two candidates running. They are Judy Singleton and Lana Tibbetts.
Several candidates are vying for seats in state races for both House District 39 and Senate District 20. Republicans running for the two-year term for HD 39 are incumbent Lee Randall and Jesse Barnhart both of Broadus. Democrat C.W. Drew of Circle is also running.
SD 20 Republican candidates include Carol Lambert, Broadus, Eric Moore and John Laney both of Miles City and Ray Roerick of Broadus. No Democrats are running for this seat.
Published March 17, 2010