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The Town of Valier will be electing a Mayor and three Aldermen (council members) this fall. 

Mayor Glenn Wunderlich, who was appointed when there were no candidates in 2017, is up for a two-year unexpired term. Candidates for Town Mayor must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Montana for three years and a resident of the Town of Valier for at least two years prior to the date of the election. The individual must be a registered voter. 

Two aldermen will each be elected for a four-year term. The alderman seats to be filled are currently held by Norma Bukoveckas and David Widhalm. Raymon Bukoveckas, who was appointed in 2017 due to no candidates, must run for a two-year unexpired term. The ordinances of the Town of Valier state that an alderman must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Montana for two years and a resident of the town for at least one year prior to the date of the election. The individual must be a registered voter. 

Interested persons can file for the positions on the ballot between April 18 and June 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. Candidates need to file at the office of the Clerk and Recorder in the courthouse and pay the filing fee. 

Filing fees are based on the salary of the elected official. In Valier, the Mayor’s annual salary is $3,000 and the filing fee is $30, which is one percent of the annual salary. The Alderman’s annual salary is $1,200 and the filing fee is $15, which is the minimum filing fee as allowed by Montana Law. Municipal elections in Pondera County are non-partisan and no party affiliation needs to be declared.

If a Primary Election is necessary, it will be held Sept. 10. Since the election is nonpartisan a primary may not be necessary, depending on how many candidates file for the positions. The General Election will be Nov. 5. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office, located on the main floor of the Courthouse, or call 271-4000.

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