Bringing in the votes
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Tim Leeds Havre Daily News [email protected]
Local voters have one more day to cast their ballots in deciding the future of their communities. County clerk and recorders must receive the ballots for city elections no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday for the votes to count. Voters have been warned that mai l ing the bal lot Tuesday will not get the ballot in in time the ballots must be received, not postmarked, Tuesday and even mailing a ballot today may not get it in by the deadline. Ballots were mailed out to eligible voters last month. State law allows clerk and recorders to mail the ballots during city elections, although state and national elections must be conducted at polling places on election day. Voters have several hotly contested elections in the Havre races. Only one race, with incumbent Democrat Allen “Woody” Woodwick running for reelection to the City Council representing Ward 4, is uncontested. In the race for mayor, two-term incumbent Republican Bob Rice faces former Hill County Sheriff Tim Solomon, a Democrat. In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Gerry Veis faces Republican challenger Kathy Sangray in the race for his City Council seat. Ward 2 sees incumbent Republican Terry Schend facing Democratic challenger Janet Trethewey for that City Council seat. In Ward 3, incumbent Republican Bob Kaftan faces Democratic challenger Brenda Skornogoski. Other races in the area are seeing less competition. In the Hingham nonpartisan races, at-large council representative Roger Haas is running unopposed. The other races have no candidates listed, including incumbent Mayor Ray Lipp and incumbent council member Rod Spicher not filing, and the races are open for writein candidates. The non-partisan races in Chinook are all unopposed, with James M. Neibauer running for the mayor position, Shawna Broadhead running for the Chinook City Council seat in Ward 1 and Jack Conner running in Ward 2. Two races are contested in Harlem. In the race for mayor, Marc Arensmeyer and William J. “Bill” Taylor and write-in candidate Douglas Stuart are vying for that seat. In Ward 1, Charles Kulbeck and Ralph Schneider are facing off for the Harlem City Council seat. In Ward 2, Jeremy Kinyon is running unopposed. All of those races are non-partisan. In Chester, three candidates are running unopposed for the town's City Council council seats in those non-partisan elections. Noel Walston is running for the seat in Ward 1, with Brett Earl the candidate in Ward 2 and William C. Albee running for the seat in Ward 3. The nonpartisan races in Big Sandy also are uncontested. Shaud Schwarzbach is running for mayor, with Stephen F. Stiles and Colby W. Baumgarn running for the City Council seats in wards 1 and 2, respectively.