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Countywide primary elections in Pondera County will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Anyone interested in running for a Pondera County office can file a Declaration for Nomination at the Clerk and Recorder’s office beginning Thursday, Jan. 13. The Declarations will be accepted through Thursday, March 12, 2022.

County officials to be elected are:

•Commissioner for the Central District

•Clerk and Recorder/Election Administrator, Treasurer/Assessor/Superin-tendent of Schools

•Attorney/Public Administrator

•Sheriff/Coroner.

All candidates for county office must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter in Pondera County and a citizen of the State of Montana.

The Commissioner’s Central District is made up of the central portion of Pondera County from the eastern edge of Sullivan Bridge Road (East Lake Road) south to the Conrad-Dupuyer Road and east to the City of Conrad.

The District includes Precinct 24 within the City of Conrad and moves northeasterly along the center line of the Dry Fork of the Marias River to the Pondera County/Toole County line. A more detailed description of the District is available at the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. 

A Commissioner candidate must be a registered elector residing in the Central District and in Pondera 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. The filing fee for this position, currently held by Dale Seifert, is $270.58.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, a candidate for County Attorney/Public Administrator must be admitted to practice in Montana. The current office holder is Rosanne Lockhart and the filing fee for the position is $493.99.

The positions of Clerk and Recorder/Elections Administrator, currently held by Kody Farkell, and Treasurer/Assessor/Superintendent of Schools, currently held by Elaine McLean, will also appear on the ballot.

The filing fee for Clerk & Recorder/Elections Administrator is $260.58 and Treasurer/Assessor/Superintendent of Schools is $278.09.

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/Coroner is $270.58 and Robert Skorupa currently holds the office.

Property ownership is not a requirement for holding any office and the filing fees are set according to state law at a rate of one-half of one percent of the total annual salary.

Any person interested in filing for a county office should contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office located on the main floor of the county courthouse to obtain the correct forms. 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 406-271-4000 for more information.

For more local and area news, pick up a copy of this week’s issue or subscribe to the The Valierian, Browning Glacier Reporter, Cut Bank Pioneer Press and Shelby Promoter newspapers at http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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