County primary is June 8, full slate of offices is open

Countywide primary elections will be held June 8.

Anyone interested in running for a Pondera County office can file a Declaration For Nomination at the Clerk and Recorder’s office.  The Declarations will be accepted until  March 14, 5 p.m. the date of closing.

County officials to be elected are Commissioner for District No. I, Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Attorney, Sheriff/Coroner, Justice of the Peace, Superintendent of Schools and Public Administrator.  All candidates for county office must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter in Pondera County and a citizen of Montana.

Commissioner District I is made up of the somewhat central portion of Pondera County.

Its western north-south boundary is Sullivan Bridge/East Lake Road and its eastern north-south boundary is the west side of the Dry Fork of the Marias to its intersection with the Old Shelby Road and eastward to Sollid Road.  Included within these boundaries is Precinct 24 in Conrad which is basically the west of Front Street and North of Fourth Avenue.

A more detailed description and map of the District is available at the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.  The current office holder of this position is Sandra J. Broesder.

A Commissioner candidate must be a registered elector residing in District I and in Pondera County for two years prior to the general election.  A commissioner’s term of office is six years, with one commissioner being elected every two years.  The filing fee for this position is $208.73.

Candidates for Superintendent of Schools must hold a valid, current class 1, 2 or 3 certificate and have at least three years of successful teaching experience.

The filing fee for the part time position, currently held by Josephine Stone, is $100.37.

Candidates for County Attorney must have been admitted to practice in Montana. The current office holder is Mary Ann Ries and the filing fee is $390.18.

The positions of Clerk and Recorder, currently held by Janice Hoppes, and Treasurer, currently held by Jeanne Moon, will also appear on the ballot.  The filing fee for these two positions is $198.73.

Other county positions to be elected in 2010, the current office holder and the filing fee for each office are:  Sheriff/Coroner, Thomas A. Kuka, $215.09; Justice of the Peace, Audrey Brown, $161.47; and Public Administrator, W. J. May, $10.

Property ownership is not a requirement for holding any office and the filing fees are set according to state law at a rate of one-half of one percent of the total annual salary.

Any person interested in filing for a county office should contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office located on the main floor of the county courthouse to obtain the correct forms.

At the time of filing for office, the person must meet the requirements for the position and pay the filing fee.  Provision is made for indigent individuals to provide other documents in lieu of filing fees.

Anyone having questions relating to the elections is encouraged to stop in the Clerk and Recorder’s office or call 271-4000 for more information.