Elmer Palmer and Heidi Weaver were elected to the Lolo Community Council on Tuesday night.
Palmer received 280 votes and Weaver 254. Opponents Cory James Miller received 240 and Gary S. Tucker, who tried unsuccessfully to withdraw from the election, earned 220 votes.
Palmer, who has lived in Lolo for 12 years, was an electronics technician in the Marine Corps. Retired from the military in 1988, Palmer serves as vice president of the Lolo Community Club board and on the Montana council board of the Boy Scouts of America.
Palmer struck a note of independence in his pre-campaign remarks, saying Lolo is an individual community and urging voters to consider whether Lolo should be a community of its own. Better communication between the residents of Lolo and the Missoula County Commissioners topped his list of priorities.
Weaver, a long-time Missoula resident, moved to Lolo last September. Working as a registered nurse for the past 30 years, Weaver is the director of nursing at the Missoula County Detention Facility. She ran on a platform of concern about the many Lolo projects under way that are directed by a handful of district and separate agencies. She said she would promote communication among these groups so the projects don't unintentionally bump into each other and the community has a better handle on the developments. Communication also is important, she said, adding that she is good at follow-up and follow-through.
In other election results, the Greenough Potomac Fire Service trustee will be Alden "Al" Robers (88 votes); the Clinton Rural Fire District three-year trustees will be Brian Rieger (100 votes) and Daniel T. Tucker (75) and the Clinton one-year trustee will be Robert L. Sears (101 votes).
Meanwhile, in Flathead County, the Flathead County Water Quality District voters defeated a proposal to create a water-quality district by a vote of 7,869 to 1,351.