Power agri-businessman Richard Snellman, a Republican, has apparently defeated incumbent Teton County Commissioner Ron Ostberg, a single-term Democrat from Fairfield, in the race for the District 3 seat. Snellman received 1,782 votes while Ostberg tallied 1,270 votes, according to unofficial results released at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Teton County Election Administrator Paula Jaconetty said overall county turnout was 78 percent with 3,165 voters taking part in the midterm election out of a total of 4,034 registered voters. Jaconetty said the election went smoothly despite the high turnout.

Of the 3,165 votes cast in Teton County, 2,076 were done through absentee ballots and the rest at the polls in the county’s five precincts.

The race for District 3 county commissioner was the only county-level contested race. 

Voter turnout by precinct was: 78 percent in Precinct 1 (Choteau); 83 percent in Precinct 6 (Power); 78 percent in Precinct 7 (Fairfield); 71 percent in Precinct 11 (Pendroy/Bynum); and 78 percent in Precinct 17 (Dutton.)

The race for District 3 county commissioner was the only county-level contested race.

In regional races, Teton County, Pondera County and Lewis and Clark County voters will determine a contested race for House District 17. Republican incumbent Rep. Ross Fitzgerald of Fairfield is seeking his second term in office and running against Democrat Rick Kerr of Choteau. In Teton County, Fitzgerald received 2,226 votes to Kerr’s 851. At 11:49 p.m., with nine of 13 precincts in the House District fully reporting, Fitzgerald led Kerr with 75 percent of the vote. Fitzgerald had 3,540 votes to Kerr’s 1,204.

Glacier, Lewis and Clark, Pondera, Teton and Toole county voters will decide the contested race for Senate District 9. Democrat Kurt J. Dyer of Brady and Republican Bruce “Butch” Gillespie of Kevin, both newcomers, are running for the Senate seat. In Teton County, Gillespie received 2,077 votes and Dyer received 951. At 11:49 p.m. with 17 out of 24 precincts fully reporting, Gillespie led the race with 5,833 votes to Dyer’s 2,173.

Teton County voters will join other voters in Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lewis and Clark and Pondera counties, to elect a District 5 commissioner to the state Public Service Commission. Incumbent Republican Brad Johnson of Helena is running against another Helena man, Democrat Andy Shirtliff. In Teton County, Johnson received 2,101 votes and Shirtliff tallied 901. At 11:52 p.m. with only 13 out of 130 precincts fully reporting, Johnson had 59 percent of the vote or 50,712 votes while Shirtliff had 41 percent or 35,071 votes.