Madison County election filings
Election season is fast approaching, as filings for county positions have officially closed. According to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, candidate filing for both legislative and non-legislative positions also closed on March 12.
Madison County Clerk and Recorder and Election Administrator Kathleen Mumme said she recommended to Madison County Commissioners on March 20 to not place local races on the primary ballot as all incumbents are running unopposed, except for Commission District 2. “Since we are a non-partisan county, we can send this race to the general election, too,” Mumme said. “All the local county offices will not be voted on until the November primary.”
County positions up for reelection and filings are as follows:
Commission District 3, Ennis-Big Sky area – Jim Hart, incumbent,running unopposed.
Commission District 2, Twin Bridges-Harrison area – Ron Nye, incumbent; Randy Lowder
Clerk of court – Karen Miller, incumbent
Clerk and Recorder – Kathleen Mumme, incumbent
County Attorney – Chris Christensen, incumbent
Justice of the Peace – Suzanne Nellen, incumbent
Treasurer – Shelly Burke, incumbent
Sheriff/Coroner – Roger Thompson, incumbent
Legislative, non-legislative filings
According to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, three candidates have filed to represent House District 71 in the Montana House of Representatives. As of the 5 p.m. March 12 deadline, incumbent Ray Shaw, R-Sheridan, filed to continue his term. Running against Shaw for is Jay Frederick, D-Ennis, and Michael White, L-Ennis.
Running for District Court judge of the 5th Judicial District Court is incumbent Luke Berger, who was appointed for the position by Gov. Bullock to fill out previous District Court Judge Loren Tucker’s two-year term. The Fifth Judicial District encompasses Beaverhead, Jefferson and Madison counties and Berger is running, unopposed, for a six-year term.
School board trustees
According to Sheridan Schools District Clerk Rebecca Larsen, folks have until March 29 to file for a trustee position if they wish to be on the May ballot. Write-in candidates have until April 5 to file.