Glacier County voters spoke loud and clear when they went to the polls for the June 5 Primary Election.
Voters selected Mandi Bird Kennerly, a Democrat, as their overwhelming choice for Clerk and Recorder. She defeated incumbent Glenda Hall, also a Democrat, by nearly 1,000 votes. Kennerly garnered more votes than Hall in 14 of the 16 precincts, and tallied 1,677 votes to Hall’s 718.
Another challenger, Democrat John Overcast, squeaked by incumbent Glacier County Commissioner Ron Rides At The Door, 1,180 to 933. Both Kennerly and Overcast are unopposed as they advance to the General Election.
All election results are unofficial until canvassed Thursday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m.
In other local races, Don Wilson was a nearly 2-to-1 favorite in the four-way Glacier County Treasurer’s race on the Democratic ticket. Wilson tallied 1,204 votes, followed by Jolene Volkman with 670, Jeri Johnson Elliott with 247 and Paul Anato with 157. Wilson will face Independent candidate Sam Luedtke in the November General Election.
Incumbent Glacier County Sheriff Vernon “Napi” Billedeaux won a lopsided contest with fellow Democrat Brian Wayne Higgins, 1,640 to 701. Billedeaux is currently unopposed in the General Election.
In the non-partisan Justice of the Peace race, Carolyn Berkram defeated David Gordon, 1,629 to 1,096. Both candidates, however, will advance to the General Election.
In the Senate District 9 race, Bruce “Butch” Gillespie was not only the favorite over Charles “Charlie” Brown in Glacier County but also throughout the rest of the counties in Senate District 9. Gillespie received a total of 2,538 votes to Brown’s 1,156. Originally the unofficial results on the Secretary of State website had Brown winning the race due to an error in reporting by Glacier County election officials.
Although the number of registered voters, voter turnout and absentee ballot information wasn’t available once the results were tallied shortly before 4:30 a.m. on June 6, Hall calculated the number of ballots cast in the Primary Election at 2,888. She added that voter turnout was low for the Primary Election.
According to the Secretary of State’s election website, as of June 5, Glacier County had issued 3,359 absentee ballots and 1,867 had been returned.
Once again, Glacier County was the last Montana county to finish counting its ballots on Election Night, despite having several new automatic voting machines that scan and count the ballots at various polling places in the county.
To see how Glacier County voters cast their votes
in the state and federal
elections, see: http://mtelectionresults