Mayor to run as write-in; mail ballot information

   Incumbent Mayor John P. Shevlin has filed as an official declared write-in candidate for the November election.
   Votes for Shevlin and for any other declared write-in candidate, will count, as long as the full name is present and the box is checked. No votes will be counted for undeclared write-in candidates.
   The aldermen races in Conrad each have a candidate who filed by the filing deadline.
   In this case, if you are a voted in Ward 1, Karla Breding will be listed on your ballot. Breding was appointed to fill the seat of Gary Brown who resigned and is running for the first time.
   In Ward 2, Wendy Curry Judisch will be on the ballot seeking a second term on the council.
   Since there are candidates who filed for these offices, no undeclared write-in votes will be counted.
   There is still the possibility of a declared write-in for each of these offices and in that event, the votes for the candidate printed on the ballot as well as the votes for the declared write-in would be counted.
   Remember, with a write-in candidate, a vote is not a vote unless the full name is written on the line and the box is checked.
   If the box is not checked the vote cannot be counted whether the person is a declared write-in candidate or undeclared.
   In Valier, the ballot will be completely blank as no candidates filed for any of the positions.
   There is one declared write-in candidate for the position of Mayor and that is McKenzie A. Graye.
   For the alderman position in Ward 1, Rodney J. Christiaens has filed as a declared write-in candidate. Another individual also filed as a declared write-in candidate; however, he did not meet the residency requirements to represent Ward 1.
   There are neither candidate filings nor declared write-in candidates in Ward 2 in Valier
   Applying the laws to counting votes in the Valier election, votes for Graye will count for mayor and no votes for undeclared write-ins can be counted. In Ward 1, votes for Christiaens will count but no undeclared write-in votes will count.
   In Ward 2 of Valier, no one filed either as a candidate or as a declared write-in candidate.
   Unless a person files as a declared write-in by the Oct. 8 deadline, all undeclared write-in votes will be counted.