The elections for Missoula County attorney and sheriff will be decided in June, most likely.
On Monday, candidates filed for Missoula County offices, and no declared Republicans filed to run for the posts of sheriff/coroner or county attorney. Rather, three announced Democrats are running for each of those offices, and in both cases, incumbents are headed out the door.
“If there’s no Republican or write-in (candidates), whoever wins the primary would then be uncontested in the general and more than likely would succeed,” said Missoula elections administrator Vickie Zeier.
Top candidates for Missoula County commissioner, however, will battle it out through the general election in November. Incumbent Democrat Michele Landquist will face Donald Davies and Nicole “Cola” Rowley in the June 3 primary, and the winner will take on Republican Vicky Gordon in the Nov. 4 general election.
Vying to serve as county attorney are Jason Marks, Kirsten Pabst and Josh Van de Wetering. Marks is an internal candidate; Pabst and Van de Wetering are in private practice, although Pabst previously worked for County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, whose term ends in December.
Running for the post of sheriff are Josh Clark, T.J. McDermott and Robert Parcell, all internal candidates. Outgoing Sheriff Carl Ibsen has thrown his support to Clark; McDermott recently earned a settlement of $60,000 after alleging Ibsen discriminated against him when he declared his intention to run for the top job.
The election for Justice of the Peace in Department No. 1 also is contested. Citizens will cast votes in June for Marie Andersen, Matt Erekson, Matthew Lowy, Harlan Reid Wells or Beverly Smith, and the names of the top two candidates will appear on the general election ballot.
Karen Orzech is running unopposed to continue her service as Justice of the Peace in Department No. 2.
Filings for other offices as of the 5 p.m. deadline Monday were as follows:
• Auditor: Barbara Berens, Democrat.
• Clerk and recorder/treasurer: Vickie Zeier, Democrat.
• Superintendent of schools: Erin Lipkind.
Also Monday, many people had filed to serve as precinct committee women and men.