As of May 29, four people have filed for alderman (council members) for the City of Conrad.
Ward 1 incumbent Karla Breding has filed for re-election to a four-year term and Drew Lesnik, appointed to the board last summer, has filed to retain his seat for the next two years. Ward 1 consists of Precinct 24.
Current alderman Ron Widhalm has filed for re-election to a four-year term in Ward 2.
First-time candidate Daniel Jones has filed for an unexpired two-year term currently held by Rick Moss. Ward 2 is Precinct 27.
There have been no filings as yet for the office of Mayor, currently held by Wendy Judisch. Since the office of Mayor is a city-wide office, citizens of either ward meet the residency requirements for this position.
Candidates must be 18 years of age, a resident of Montana for two years and, in the case of the aldermen candidates, a resident of the ward for at least 60 days prior to the date of the election. In all cases, the individual must be a registered voter.
Interested persons can file for the positions on the ballot through June 27, 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 Conrad, the Mayor’s annual salary is $11,828.88 and the filing fee is one percent of the annual salary or $118.29.
An alderman’s annual salary is $3,732.12 and the filing fee is also one percent of the annual salary or $37.32.
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, contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office, located on the main floor of the Courthouse, or call 271-4000.