First phase in city elections begin
On Monday morning, another election season quietly began.
It was the beginning of the Hill County Clerk and Recorders' office accepting the filing documents for the five positions the city of Havre will be voting to fill in November: the city judge and one Havre City Council seat in each of the city's four wards.
The first, and as of this morning only, candidate to file their papers was City Judge Margaret Hencz.
"I have the desire to continue to work hard every day to increase my knowledge and ability to be a good judge for the City of Havre, " Hencz said in a press release.
The council seats up for election are those of council members Andrew Brekke, Pam Hillery, Bob Kaul and Cal Long. Most of them will not be seeking re-election.
Brekke, a Republican, has said that he is still thinking about whether to run again.
Hillery, a Democrat, cannot run again. A job at Montana State University-Northern she recently took receives some federal funding that does not allow her to run for political office.
Democrat Kaul decided a few months ago that this would be his last term.
Democrat Long said last night that he decided not to seek re-election so that he can try running for the executive board of the electrical workers union of which he is a member.
As the seats are partisan positions, both Republicans and Democrats will look for people to run.
Local party leaders, Brekke of the Republicans and John Musgrove of the Democrats, have said that they are talking with potential candidates and trying to find the best ones.
Anyone who wants to run has until June 30 to file, according to the county Clerk and Recorder's office.
Primaries will then be held on Sept. 13, and the general election will be held Nov. 8.