Local Elections

HD-3: Libertarian wants ‘unconstitutional’ provisions repealed

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

Shawn GuymonAge: 56Party: LibertarianEducation: Attended FVCC, then studied at University of Montana until joining the Air Force in 1985.Occupation: I’m 100 percent disabled so I haven’t worked since 2009.Background: Served in the U.S. Air ...

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HD-10: Libertarian re-enters politics to rid government waste

October 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

BILL JONESAge: 78 Political Party: LibertarianOccupation: Retired dentist Family: Patricia and I have five children who graduated from the Montana UniversityEducation: Attended Montana State, graduate of the University of Washington Dental ...

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HD-3: Perry vows to focus on infrastructure, heath care

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

Zac PerryAge: 40Party: Democrat, incumbentFamily: Mom, Janine; sister, Heidi; brother-in-law, Drew; nieces, Ember and AliseEducation: 1996 Columbia Falls High School Graduate, 2001 University of Notre Dame Graduate, BA in Government and Int...

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HD-3: O’Neil says he’ll fight to instill government efficiency

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

JERRY O’NEILAge: 75 Party: Republican Education: Studied at Montana State and University of Montana, AA degree from Flathead Valley Community CollegeOccupation: Independent paralegalBackground: I was born in the old hospital on Fifth Avenue...

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HD-10: Incumbent says tapping natural resources helps state

October 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

MARK NOLANDAge: 59Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Wife, Kathy, six children and seven grandchildrenEducation: Graduated from Whitefish High School, some college at University of MontanaOccupation: Entrepreneur, 33 years as a Flathead Va...

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UM poll rates job performance of state’s elected officials

October 14, 2018 at 8:49 am

MISSOULA — The University of Montana’s recent Big Sky Poll of 618 registered voters reports Montanans have mixed views of the job performances of their elected officials. The poll was conducted in August.Montanans were asked how they would ...

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Trump plans Missoula rally in swing through western states

October 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will campaign in three western states over the next week, going to the mat in a bid to maintain or possibly increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.Trump’s western swing ...

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HD-9: Democrat wants tax on alcohol; higher minimum wage

October 11, 2018 at 9:31 am

Robert PetersenAge: 65Party: DemocratFamily: One child, three grandchildrenEducation: Studied at University of MontanaOccupation: RetiredBackground: Born in Colorado, earned his GED, then served in the U.S. Army. Attended the University of ...

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HD-9: Dunn ready to take on ‘ornery’ politicians in Helena

October 11, 2018 at 9:31 am

David DunnAge: 30Party: RepublicanFamily: Single Education: Four classes away from a bachelor’s degree at University of WashingtonOccupation: Owner of DW Organics LLCQ: A slate of budget cuts were made in 2017 to address a $227 million shor...

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Absentee ballot mailings elicit confusion

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

A voter mobilization campaign sowed confusion and consternation this week in Flathead County while intending to help get out the vote for Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.The campaign was initiated by a partnership of the League of...

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Measure supported by health-care providers, opposed by ‘Big Tobacco’

October 11, 2018 at 3:00 am

An initiative on the ballot this November, which would raise taxes on tobacco products to fund Montana’s Medicaid expansion, has galvanized health providers and engendered the most well-funded opposition to an initiative in the state’s hist...

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HD-4: Democrat challenger would shore up tax structure

October 10, 2018 at 3:00 am

Kwen ShirleyAge: 31Party: DemocratFamily: I’m single with no children. I have my mother and father, and two younger brothers Occupation: Supervisor at Starbucks on Center and Main in KalispellBackground: In politics, I started working with ...

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HD-4: Regier wants to prioritize forest management

October 10, 2018 at 3:00 am

Matt Regier Age: 38Party: Republican, incumbentEducation: Bachelor of Science degree in business, University of Montana, 2005Occupation: Owner, Stillwater Sod CorporationBackground: Kalispell Planning Board member, Montana Small Business Co...

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Rosendale solicits concerns from regional logging industry

October 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Five men from the region whose livelihoods hinge on cutting timber met with U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale Tuesday afternoon in a back room at Sykes, in downtown Kalispell, to outline a host of challenges facing their industry. The Gl...

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U.S. House candidate Williams touts ‘problem-solving’ experience

October 08, 2018 at 11:08 am

Kathleen Williams, the Bozeman Democrat running to unseat Congressman Greg Gianforte, Montana’s sole U.S. House representative, sat down with the Inter Lake on Wednesday to discuss her campaign and her intentions if elected.The conversation...

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HD-8: Republican hopeful vows to ‘protect rights of mankind’

October 08, 2018 at 3:00 am

JOHN FULLERAge: 71Party: RepublicanFamily: Married, wife Cynthia; son, Erik, and two grandchildren.Occupation: Retired high school teacher and small businessmanBackground: Taught high school government and economics for 42 years (retired ...

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HD-8: Libertarian seeks to curb government waste, streamline laws

October 08, 2018 at 3:00 am

SID DAOUDAge: 51Party: LibertarianFamily: Wife, Kristen Marie Daoud, son Antranik Daoud, 26, son Kaden Daoud, 20, daughter Cyan Daoud, 17Occupation: Solutions engineer for CompuNet Inc.Background: Born and raised in Great Falls; attended Mo...

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SD-5: Incumbent wants to control growth of government

October 07, 2018 at 3:00 am

Bob KeenanParty: Republican, incumbent Occupation: Owner of Bigfork Inn Restaurant 1982-2018, now retired partner in International Newspaper Network (townnews.com) Family: Married 38 years to wife, Suzie; five children, six grandchildren....

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HD-7: Garner favors diversified tax base, infrastructure investment

October 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

FRANK GARNERAge: 56Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Married to wife Teresa for 38 years, two sons who are policeman and one daughter who is a clinical lab scientist.Occupation: Security Consultant Background: Graduate of Flathead High S...

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HD-7: Democrat supports restoring state health budget

October 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

JIM COSSITTAge: 60Party: DemocratFamily: Single (divorced); brother and niece in Des Moines, Iowa; both parents deceased within last 8 yearsOccupation: Attorney and counselor at law, specialize in bankruptcy, debtor/creditor, insolvency, re...

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SD-4: Challenger wants to consider sales tax on tourists

October 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Diane Taylor-MahnkeAge: 75Political party: DemocratFamily: Widow of Dr. James MahnkeEducation: BA in education from the University of MontanaOccupation: Business office representative and supervisor at Mountain Bell and Helena Flats School ...

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SD-4: Blasdel seeks to simplify taxes, expand business opportunities

October 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Mark BlasdelAge: 42Political party: RepublicanFamily: Wife Renae of 15 years, daughter Elizabeth Mae, 12, and old son Isaac Wade, 8Education: BA in Hospitality and Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Flathead Valley Commu...

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Poll finds majority favor continuing 6-mill levy

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

MISSOULA – Seventy-one percent of likely voters in Montana report they would vote to reapprove the 6-mill levy if the election were held at the time of polling. Eight percent of voters said they were undecided.Using the ballot language appr...

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HD-6: Democrat supports Medicaid renewal, education funding

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

Mary CusterAge: 50Party: DemocratFamily: I am a fourth-generation Montanan and the oldest of four children. I have been married for seven years to my husband, Bradley Custer, an attorney for the Office of the Attorney General for the state ...

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Groups spend big fighting ballot initiatives

AP

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

HELENA — Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen’s initiatives to raise the state’s tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures’ supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month befor...

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HD-6: Incumbent favors zero-based budgeting to tighten spending

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

Carl GlimmAge: 43Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Wife, Amy; son Matt, 16 and daughters Rylee, 12 and Annah, 6Education: Montana State University graduate with a construction engineering degreeOccupation: Owner of Glimm Homes, Custom Hom...

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HD-5: Democrat looks to tackle affordable housing crisis

October 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

Dave FernAge: 65Party: Democrat, incumbentFamily: Spouse, Heather, married 36 years, and three childrenEducation: Community College of Rhode Island, Ithaca CollegeOccupation: Small business owner, Chimney SolutionsBackground: One term in th...

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HD-5: Libertarian challenger to fight for individual liberty

October 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

Cindy DysonAge: 51Party: LibertarianFamily: Husband and son, 19Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, University of Missouri, ColumbiaOccupation: Writer – newspaper reporter, magazine freelancer, authorBackground: Former foster mother ...

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HD-11: Skees wants Medicaid, worker’s comp reforms

October 02, 2018 at 3:00 am

Q: A slate of budget cuts were made in 2017 to address a $227 million shortfall caused by less than anticipated revenue and an expensive fire season. What should the priorities be in the state budget in the next legislative session?A: We sh...

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HD-11: Blair ready to work on economic, health-care issues

October 02, 2018 at 3:00 am

Q: A slate of budget cuts were made in 2017 to address a $227 million shortfall caused by less than anticipated revenue and an expensive fire season. What should the priorities be in the state budget in the next legislative session?A: The s...

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Garner tops Welzel in HD7 primary

June 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell looks to have secured the support of Republican voters in his bid for another term in the Montana Legislature.Preliminary results Tuesday night showed Garner earning 71 percent of the vote in House District 7,...

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Sen. Tester tackles issues in Whitefish

June 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester spoke Sunday morning at the Montana Broadcasters Association Conference at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, where he told people what voters should expect out of him if they re-elect him to another term in the U.S. Senate o...

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Brodehl squeaks out commissioner win

June 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

In a race that went down to the wire, Republican challenger Randy Brodehl appears to have eked out a narrow victory for the Flathead County District 3 commissioner seat, unseating incumbent Gary Krueger.Another Republican challenger, Gerald...

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Egan Slough ballot initiative passes

June 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

Flathead Valley residents handed a decisive victory to opponents of Montana Artesian Water Co., voting in favor of expanding the Egan Slough Zoning District to include the area where the bottling plant is located near Creston.A citizens gro...

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Primary election results

June 05, 2018 at 9:14 pm

StatewideFinal election results from statewide races(Republican)U.S. SENATORTroy Downing 19% 29,151Russ Fagg 28% 43,225Albert Olszewski 19% 28,557Matt Rosendale 34% 51,546U.S. HOUSERep. Greg Gianforte 100% 135,515PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER...

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Heino elected Flathead sheriff

June 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Brian Heino will become the new Flathead County sheriff after winning Tuesday’s Republican nomination.The hotly contested race between four Republican candidates turned out to be a runaway for the current patrol captain in the Sheriff’s Off...

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Matt Rosendale wins Montana GOP Senate primary

AP

June 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

HELENA (AP) Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November, but no clear winner emerged late Tuesday in the Democratic primary for U.S....

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Garner tops Welzel in HD7 primary

June 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell looks to have secured the support of Republican voters in his bid for another term in the Montana Legislature.Preliminary results Tuesday night showed Garner earning 71 percent of the vote in House District 7,...

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THE LATEST: U.S. Senate and House election results

June 05, 2018 at 9:39 pm

By The Associated PressU.S. Senate GOP - Primary322 of 669 precincts - 48 percentMatt Rosendale 41,409 - 33 percentRussell Fagg 36,531 - 29 percentTroy Downing 23,074 - 19 percentAlbert Olszewski 22,829 - 18 percentU.S. Senate Oth - Primary...

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Voters will decide merits of Egan Slough district expansion

May 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

When Flathead County voters head to the polls June 5, they’ll be asked whether 530 acres should be added to the Egan Slough Zoning District.This expansion, placed on the ballot by Yes! For Flathead Farms and Water, a citizen’s group, would ...

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2012 campaign-finance dispute finally settled

May 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has settled a campaign-finance case against a Kalispell physician and her anti-abortion group. Dr. Annie Bukacek and the organization she leads, the Montana Pro-Life Coalition, faced a complai...

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Candidates rally for Second Amendment

May 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

This past Thursday, three Flathead Valley organizations — Liberty Fellowship, Frontier Guns & Ammo and Hosanna Health Care — marked the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, also known as Patriots’ Day, with a gun rights ...

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Rep. Garner files complaint against right-to-work group

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell, has filed a complaint against a state right-to-work group for allegedly violating Montana’s campaign finance laws. The group, Montana Citizens for Right to Work, is mired in controversy over its ties to a nat...

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House candidate Kier touts conservation work

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Grant Kier visited the Daily Inter Lake recently to discuss his candidacy for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. While some of his opponents stress legislative or civil-service experience, Kier, 43, has spent his career outside the public sect...

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Brodehl strong on property rights, fiscal constraint

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

[Editor’s note: This week the Inter Lake will profile each of the candidates in the contested Republican primary election for Flathead County commissioner.] Randy Brodehl has spent most of his life as a public servant, logging nearly four d...

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Scott says he’ll work hard for all citizens

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

[Editor’s note: This week the Inter Lake will profile each of the candidates in the contested Republican primary election for Flathead County commissioner.] Gerald “Jay” Scott says he’s not a polished politician, but rather sees himself as ...

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Candidate faced several federal tax liens, sued IRS

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

House District 7 Republican candidate Robert Welzel of Kalispell told the Daily Inter Lake this week that several federal tax liens filed against him by the Internal Revenue Service are related to a lawsuit he filed against the IRS more tha...

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Flurry of candidates file for state elections

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Monday was the last day to file for this year’s elections, and several Flathead-area candidates have put their names on the ballot. Libby resident Austin Nelson is running against Rep. Mike Cuffe, R-Eureka, to represent Senate District 1. A...

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Last-minute candidates file for legislative races

May 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

March 12 marked the filing deadline for Montana’s legislative races. The Daily Inter Lake is profiling the many last-minute candidates who entered Flathead Valley races. Cindy Dyson has entered the race for House District 05 as a Libertaria...

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Pettinato talks environment, other issues as vote nears

May 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

On June 5, Montana Democrats will choose their nominee to take on U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., in November. One of the five candidates vying for the party’s nomination is a Flathead Valley native. Jared Pettinato grew up in Whitefish,...

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