Tuesday, June 7, 2022 is the date for the 2022 countywide primary elections and anyone wanting to throw their hat into the ring for one of the open seats can file their Declaration for Nomination at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office starting Thursday, Jan. 13.

This year a majority of the county offices are up for re-election. Commissioner District 2, currently held by Mary Ann Harwood, Clerk and Recorder, Treva Nelson, County Attorney, Merle Raph, Coroner, Dan Whitted, Justice of the Peace, Joe Rapkoch, Public Administrator, Phyllis Robertson, Sheriff, Donna Whitt and Treasurer, Boyd Jackson. Anyone wanting to run for one of these positions needs to have filed by 5 p.m., Monday, March 14.

All candidates for county office must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter in Toole County and a citizen of Montana. Details of the boundaries of the district are available from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

A Commissioner candidate must be a registered elector residing in the district and in Toole County for two years prior to the general election.  A commissioner’s term of office is six years, with one commissioner being elected every two years.  Currently the position is held by Mary Ann Harwood and the cost to file is $285.87.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, a candidate for County Attorney/Public Administrator must be admitted to practice in Montana. Merle Raph is the current County Attorney and the filing fee for the position is $555.94. 

The Clerk and Recorder position, as well as the Treasurer and Justice of the Peace, have filing fees of $275.87.  The cost to file for Public Administrator is zero and for Coroner it is $63.45.

In addition to the candidate requirements above, a candidate for Sheriff/Coroner must be a high school graduate (or high school equivalency) and possess, or be eligible to possess, a Montana driver’s license.  He/she must have not been convicted of a crime and must be eligible to obtain access to the Criminal Justice Information Network. The filing fee for Sheriff is $285.87 and the position is currently held by Donna Whitt.

The filing fee is based on the base salary multiplied by .5 percent. Property ownership is not a requirement for holding any office.

The correct forms for filing for office can be acquired from the Clerk and Recorder’s office at the Toole County Courthouse. At the time of filing for office, the person must meet the requirements for the position and pay the filing fee. 

Anyone having questions relating to the elections is encouraged to stop in the Clerk and Recorder’s office or call (406) 424-8300, ext. 2, for more information.

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