By Martin J. Kidston
Several Havre City Council hopefuls have filed under their respective wards for the upcoming primary elections, hoping to oust the firmly seated incumbents who undoubtedly look to maintain their position in the city government.
The filing for city council closed at 5 p.m. on July 1, with nine candidates making the deadline.
According to the filings, in Ward 1, Democrat Douglas Larson will be challenged by Republican John McLain. In Ward 2, Democrat Vickie Clouse will match up against Republican Gary Schubert. Ward 3 will see Democrat Jack Brandon challenged by Republican Kevin Allison, while Ward 4 pits two Republicans, Shane Ford and Ronald Wolford, against incumbent Democrat Emily Mayer-Lossing.
The city of Havres primary elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the following locations: Ward 1 at the high school library, Ward 2 at the Highland Park School library, Ward 3 at the MSU-N Student Union Building, and Ward 4 at the Lincoln-McKinley School gymnasium.
The polls will open at 7 p.m.
The citys general election will follow the primary election on Nov. 2. The citys primary candidates from Wards 1, 2 and 3 will move forward to the general election. The winning candidate from the Ward 4 Republican contest will move up from the primary election to face the Democratic candidate from Ward 4 in Novembers general election.
While political pride swells in Havre, the town of Hingham will partake in its own races. The town of Hingham is a non-partisan form of government, thus, candidates do not file by political party affiliation. Raymond Lipp will run for mayor, while Robert Spicher, Larry Horinek and Rodney Spicher go on the ballot for both four and two-year aldermans position.
If there are no contests for mayor, for the two regular alderman and the one, two-year alderman, as it now stands, there will be no primary election for the town of Hingham.
The election will be held by mail ballot for the Nov. 2 general election.