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The annual election for trustees of the Rural Fire District will be held in the spring of 2020. Candidates may file a “Declaration For Nomination” with the Pondera County Election Administrator. There is no filing fee. The district is all of Pondera County except within the incorporated area of the City of Conrad, and the Town of Valier as well as the Lewis and Clark National Forest. 

There are two trustee positions up for election, currently held by Shawn Vermulm and William Breding. Other trustees currently serving are Clint Rouns, Jim Destaffany, and Ernie Boumans. Trustees each serve for a three-year term.

The filing period for this position closes on Feb. 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. If only one candidate files for each position, the election will not be held and the candidates who filed will be elected by acclamation. If no candidates file, the Board of County Commissioners shall appoint a trustee to fill the position.

The Rural Fire District was formed to provide fire protection in all of Pondera County except within the City of Conrad, Town of Valier, and the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The trustees manage the affairs of the fire district, including the preparation of the annual budget and contracting for rural fire protection. Taxes are levied to fund the district.

Contact the Pondera County Clerk and Recorder’s office for more information. The office is located on the main floor of the Courthouse or call 271-4000.

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