Municipal elections still open for write-ins; No primaries scheduled for all-mail election

Managing Editor

Fergus County Clerk and Recorder Rana Wichman serves as the Election Administrator.

Those who always wanted to run for local office still have a little time to do it.

Municipal elections for Lewistown and surrounding incorporated communities in Fergus County are open for write-in candidates until Sept. 5, which is also the last day for candidates whose names are already on the ballot to withdraw from the election.

According to County Elections Administrator Rana Wichman, the Nov. 7 General Election will be held by mail.

“This is an all-mail election because most of the small communities electing city and town officials can’t afford the cost of holding a polling place election,” Wichman said, explaining that elections conducted by mail are much less expensive.

Wichman said state law governs the calendar for elections, which is available on the Montana Secretary of State’s website,

It is that calendar which sets the deadline for write-in candidates, as well as the deadline for candidates to withdraw. Those wishing to run as write-in candidates must file a Declaration of Intent form. Any candidate who has already filed can submit a statement of withdrawal to have their name removed from the ballot.

“In either case they can just come to my office in the courthouse and pick up the forms,” Wichman said.

Wichman said the same official calendar governs other election deadlines, such as when absentee ballots must go out (Oct. 20) and the last day to register to vote.

“Regular voter registration ends Oct. 10, and late registration ends at 8 p.m. on election day,” Wichman explained. “Nov. 6 is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.”


No primaries in Fergus County municipal elections

None of the cities or towns in Fergus County will have primary elections this year.

“It has to do with how many positions are open and how many candidates there are,” Wichman said. “There weren’t enough candidates to have primaries.”

According to Montana state statutes, election administrators make the decision about whether or not a primary is needed.

According to Wichman, the following candidates have filed:


Lewistown City Commission

Ward 1: Richard Battrick, R.E. Krillenberger, Diane Oldenburg

Ward 2: Joseph Paul Kern, Jiri L. Moor, Patty Turk (incumbent)

Ward 3: Alexzandra Dunnington, Johnny Maier, Elizabeth A. Putnam (incumbent)

At Large: Clint Loomis, Jonathan Moor


Denton Town Council

No filings


Grass Range Town Council and Mayor

Town Council: Thomas Delaney, Ron Jordan, Harold Matovich, Patricia Bradley

Mayor: Edward A. Geary, Jeannie G. Walter


Moore Town Council and Mayor

Town Council, two-year term: Wesley W. Hofer

Town Council, four-year term: Miranda Dawn Eike, Shila Fischer

Mayor: No filings


Winifred Town Council and Mayor

Town Council: Rick S. Baker

Mayor: Travis Willson





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