Choices Limited In Richland County Primary Election

With the March 11 deadline for filing coming very quickly, primary election voters in Richland County have few options in local races. County Commissioner Duane Mitchell and Clerk of District Court Janice Klempel are, so far, running unopposed.

With redistricting completed, Richland County has become two districts with Hwy. 200 the dividing line. Incumbent Brandon Ler is running unopposed for HD 33 which is south of Hwy. 200 and takes in the city of Glendive. The only candidate who has filed so far for HD 30, which takes in most of Richland County, is Sidney resident Morgan Thiel.

State senator Steve Hinebaugh is termed out. The only individual filing in Senate District 15, including most of Richland County, is Rhonda Knudsen. In Senate District 17, south of Hwy. 200, Bob Phalen and Mike Newton have filed for the seat.

All the candidates have filed as Republicans.

The U.S. House of Representatives race in Montana’s 2nd Congressional District is flooded with candidates with eight Republican candidates so far. They include Joel Krautter, Elsie Arntzen, Kenneth Bogner, Troy Downing, Ric Holden, Edward Walker, Stacy Zinn and Dennis Rehberg. Democratic candidates on the primary ballot are Ming Cabrera and Kevin Hamm.

The U.S. Senate race has Republicans Brad Johnson, Thomas Madigan and Tim Sheehy vying for the chance to unseat incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

The Richland County Republican Central Committee will be hosting the Lincoln Reagan Dinner on April 18 at the Richland County Event Center. It will be a good opportunity to listen to many of the candidates.


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