Election 2016 News

A recap of the races

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday.

Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

The most widely contested seats are those of Bowman County Commissioner, with 10 candidates.

The candidates whose names will appear on the ballot next week, June 14, include current Commission President Rick Bratten, Commissioner Pine Abrahamson, both running to keep their seat, Jerry Jeffers, Dave Anderson, Margie Russ, Brandy Getz, Chris Johnson, John McGee, Bruce McLaughlin and Dale Palczewski.

The seats are considered at-large, meaning there are no district affiliation requirements, and the top six candidates will move on to the general election in November. The three candidates with the most votes will be elected onto the board to fill the three available seats.

“There are a lot this year, but once in a past election — since I’ve been here — we saw 11 candidates file,” said Bowman County Auditor Sandi Tivis after the April filing deadline.

The three total positions available for the Bowman City Board of Commissioners is similarly contested.

The applicants who filed for the two available commissioner seats included Dan Peterson, Sonia Campbell, Ryan Shear and, handing in his petition on the deadline, Myron “Tiger” Vail.

Current Commission President Lyn James and Commissioner Chuck Whitney will compete for the presidency of the board, with no other candidates filing.

There were no candidates for the city’s two available park board seats.

If no write-ins are received, the board would have to appoint people to fill the empty seats following the election.

Seeking to fill the two four-year terms of Rhame’s representative on the Bowman County School Board will be Russ Homelvig, seeking re-election, and Andrea Bowman.

For the single Bowman position on the board, vacated by Sharon Holder, residents Tobiann Andrews and Jennifer Jahner will appear on the ballot.

Races for the cities of Scranton and Rhame will be a bit less crowded.

Mayor Robb Pierce is running for re-election, unopposed. Sheila Ness will also seek re-election for alderman. Dale Henderson, presently serving on the council, did not file to continue his term so Ness joins Scranton residents John Truetken and Jason Anderson as they face-off for the two available seats.

The Scranton School Board race will see the two incumbents, Kim Sanford and Tony Dillon, seek re-election.

Rhame only had one candidate file in this year’s primary election.

Tina Eagon will seek one of the two available seats, vacated by Scott Luvaas and Andy Adkisson.

There were also two open seats on the city’s park board, which will rely on write-in candidates.

County residents  — Armor, Hart, Bowman, Ladd, Boyesen, Marion, Gem, Minihaha, Grainbelt, Star, Grand River and Talbot townships — will cast their vote at the 4 Seasons Pavilion at the Bowman County Fairgrounds. Residents within the city of Bowman will vote at Bowman City Hall.

Scranton residents will vote at the Scranton Fire Hall and Rhame residents will vote at the Rhame American Legion.

Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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