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Vote could mean shake-up on city, county boards

March 18, 2016



Pioneer Editor |

Bowman County could see a big change in its leadership once votes are cast in June’s primary election.

County Commissioner Bill Bowman has opted not to seek re-election, according to Bowman County Auditor Sandi Tivis. That means his position on the board, which he has occupied for many years, will get a new face come January when the commissioners are sworn into a glance election 2016

In addition to Bowman’s seat, two at-large commissioner spots will be available in the upcoming election, belonging to Commission President Rick Braaten and Commissioner Pine Abrahamson.

Tivis said the only petition filed as of Wednesday was from Braaten.

Perhaps the most contested election is that of two commissioner seats up for grabs on the Bowman City Commission.

Three local residents have already filed petitions to run as city commissioner on the primary ballot, according to Bowman City Auditor Peggy Allen.

Dan Peterson, Sonia Campbell and Ryan Shear have each submitted their signed petitions to the city. They will vie for seats currently occupied by Commissioners Mike Sondeland and Chuck Whitney.

The position of commission president will also be up for election.

Current Commission President Lyn James submitted her petition for re-election on Tuesday.

Whitney told the Pioneer on Wednesday that he is unsure if he will run for re-election or would run against James for the president’s seat.

He said he would likely make that decision within the week.

James has a 20-year career of service on the board. She has served as commission president for the last 12 years and as street commissioner for eight years before that.

Scranton and Rhame could also see some shuffling on their boards in the election.

Mayor Robb Pierce will end his term in 2016, as will Aldermen Dale Henderson and Sheila Ness. Each carries a four-year term.

Scranton City Auditor Kari Ruggles said she has not yet received any petitions for the open spots.

The same is true for Rhame, as Commissioners Andy Adkisson and Scott Luvaas will expire their terms.

Rhame City Auditor Margie Russ said the two have not decided to run for re-election and she has not received any ballot petitions.

Two spots are also available on the city’s park board.

The filing deadline for all local candidates is April 11, with the primary election following on June 7.

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