Weekly update: City election filing

The filing period for city positions is open through June 17.

We check on the filings at least once a week and here’s the update for June 14.

The positions on the ballot this year are two City Commission seats, which are four-year terms, and the two-year mayor seat. Municipal judge and all 45 neighborhood council positions are open.

So far, Steve Bolstad has filed for another term as municipal judge and Bob Kelly has filed for another term as mayor.

Terry Thompson, director of the Great Falls Association of Realtors, has filed for a City Commission seat. Kim Rodriguez and Jasmine Taylor filed on June 13 for commission seats.

Bruce Pollington, of the River’s Edge Trail Foundation, filed for commission on June for 14.

Commissioner Bill Bronson’s term is up and he is not seeking another term.

Commissioner Tracy Houck’s seat is also up. She posted on Facebook in early May that she’s seeking another term and filed the paperwork at the elections office on June 10.

If no one else files, or meets the Aug. 1 write-in deadline, there may not be a primary or a general election for the city.

To trigger a primary, there would need to be seven candidates for commission and three for mayor. The elections office initially said it would be five to trigger a primary but has since checked with county attorneys to confirm it would require seven.

If only as many people file for candidacy or as write-in candidates by the deadlines as there are seats available, they could win by acclamation as was the case with the school board last month.

Three candidates file for three GFPS board seats; no election in May

As of June 7, 24 people had filed for neighborhood councils.

For those councils, the filing counts are:

  • Neighborhood Council 1: 3
  • Neighborhood Council 2: 0
  • Neighborhood Council 3: 2
  • Neighborhood Council 4: 4
  • Neighborhood Council 5: 4
  • Neighborhood Council 6: 1
  • Neighborhood Council 7: 4
  • Neighborhood Council 8: 3
  • Neighborhood Council 9: 3

Houck posts intent to seek relection, has not filed paperwork
Few filings so far in city election
Bronson will not seek reelection for City Commission; Kelly will seek reelection as mayor; Houck undecided
Three city seats up for election in 2019