Marie Andersen

Marie Andersen

Missoula County Justice of the Peace hopefuls Marie Andersen and Matthew Lowy emerged from a field of five candidates on Tuesday night and will face off in November’s general election.

With 52 of 52 precincts reporting, Andersen was the top vote-getter in the Department 1 race for Justice of the Peace with 5,579 votes, followed by Lowy’s 5,127 votes.

The race is nonpartisan, meaning the top two vote-getters move on to November.

“I’m thrilled and excited and honored to be moving through,” said Andersen. “The primary voters of Missoula educate themselves very well, and they make decisions based upon the research and what they’re reading.”

Andersen said she will continue campaigning through the summer as she prepares to face Lowy in November. The two candidates are vying for the seat recently vacated by Justice of the Peace John Odlin.

“I decided to jump in after people kept asking me to jump in,” said Andersen. “I’ll be here and visible and chatting with people around Missoula.”

Lowey said late Tuesday night he, too, was humbled by the community support and the voters who helped place him in contention for November.

“It’s been an honor serving the people of Missoula County,” said Lowy. “If I’m elected, I’ll continue that service as justice of the peace.”

Lowy said he also will continue campaigning to November.

“I’m going to do as much voter outreach as I can manage,” he said. “I think that between me and (Andersen), Missoula County has already won.”

The vote tally late Tuesday gave Beverly Smith 2,546 votes, Matt Erekson 1,860 votes and Harlan Reid Wells 1,037.

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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