Teton County’s primary election will be held on June 2. Anyone interested in running for one of the two Teton County offices up for election in 2020 can file a “Declaration for Nomination” at the Teton County Clerk and Recorder’s office between Jan. 9 and March 9.
The filing period for statewide offices is also open in the same time frame. In Teton County, the position of House District 17 representative is open. The incumbent is Republican Ross Fitzgerald of rural Fairfield. Filing for state offices can be done online on the Secretary of State’s website or in person in Helena at the SOS office.
County positions up for election are:
•District I Commissioner
•Clerk of District Court
All candidates for county office must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter in Teton County and a citizen of Montana.
The current office holder for District I County Commissioner is farmer and rancher Jim Hodsgkiss of rural Choteau, who will complete his second six-year term in office this year. Hodgskiss said on Friday that he does not plan to file for reelection.
District I is made up of voting precincts in Choteau and Fairfield. The district roughly covers the southwestern third of the county, including all of the town of Fairfield and a portion of Choteau that lies south of First Street and east of U.S. Highway 287.
Commissioner candidates should verify they live within the boundaries of the district before filing. A commissioner candidate must be a registered voter residing in the District I and in Teton County for two years before 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 $231.21, or .5% of the annual salary of $46,243.45.
The position of Clerk of District Court, currently held by Lisa Sinton of Choteau, a Republican, will also appear on the ballot. Sinton is completing her fifth four-year term in office and on Friday filed for a sixth term. The filing fee for Clerk of District Court is $245.79 or .5% of the annual salary of $49,159.43.
Any person interested in filing for a county office should contact Election Administrator Paula Jaconetty or her staff in the Clerk and Recorder’s office located on the main floor of the county courthouse in Choteau 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.
For more information on the primary or general elections, call the Clerk and Recorder’s office at 466-2693.