Musselshell County Sheriff/Coroner Woodrow Weitzeil pulled off an easy victory over Republican challenger Joseph Charles Cantore in Tuesday's primary.
Weitzeil, who won with a 731-233 vote in final but unofficial returns, will run unopposed for re-election to his post. Musselshell County was one of a handful of counties in Eastern Montana that reported unofficial results as of The Gazette's press time.
Incumbent Musselshell County Commissioner Robert "Bob" Goffena won his party's nomination for another term with 443 votes. Democratic challengers Dwayne Snook and Victor DeMaio earned 424 and 126 votes, respectively.
Incumbent Justice of the Peace Donna M. Marsh received 822 votes, while challenger Jack DeSilva received 417 votes; both will advance to the general election.
Voters in Custer County were poised to pass a mill levy to raise money for economic development initiatives there, according to partial totals.
As of 10:15 p.m., unofficial returns had been tabulated for six of 14 precincts.
The preliminary tallies favored passage of the levy to raise revenues for economic development, with 1,150 votes for the levy and 801 against.
The levy would be limited to a six-year period. Homes valued at $50,000 would be assessed $1.57, a home valued at $100,000 would be assessed $3.14, and a $200,000 would be assessed $6.28.
In local races, Gary Matthews had the edge over Dennis Hirsch for the District 1 seat on the Board of Commissioners, with 1,462 votes to 557. The incumbent is not running for re-election.
In District 2, incumbent Milo D. Huber had the lead over three challengers with 782 votes. Keith Holmlund was in second place with 500 votes, Bill C. Jones had 429 votes and Doug J. Leidholt had 355.
Incumbent Sheriff/Coroner Tony Harbaugh showed he is favored for re-election, with 1,550 votes to challenger Jeff Erlenbusch's 515 votes, according to the preliminary results.
Among the uncontested races, Marie Wehri will run unopposed for re-election to county clerk and recorder; Garry Paul Bunke will run unopposed for county attorney; Doug Ellingson will run unopposed for county superintendent of schools, and Charles Strand will run unopposed for county public administrator.
Golden Valley County
The ballot in Golden Valley County featured several uncontested races.
Democrat Mary Lu Ringer will run unopposed for re-election to clerk and recorder, clerk of court and election administrator; Democrat Floyd Fisher will be the only candidate for sheriff and coroner; Tony Zinne, a Republican, will run uncontested for a seat on the Board of Commissioners; Republican John Bohlman will run unopposed for county attorney; and Republican Nancy Clark will run unopposed for precinct committeewoman.
Incumbent Justice of the Peace Gail Schaff was favored over challenger Temple McLean with a 265-24 vote. The pair will face off in the general election without party affiliations.
In McCone County, voters narrowly defeated a measure to increase the local option motor vehicle tax, voting against it 287-255, according to final, unofficial returns.
Justice of the Peace Mary M. Garfield had the edge over challenger Brigitte R.K. Dubin, 379-141. Both will advance to the general election in November.
In other uncontested races, Janet L. Wolff, a Republican, will run for county commissioner in District 3; Republican Maridel L. Kassner will run for re-election to county clerk and recorder/assessor; Sheriff/Coroner Dave I. Harris, a Republican, will run for re-election; and County Attorney Kendall F. Link, a Democrat, is also running unopposed.
Powder River County
Republican candidate for county sheriff Brett Tabolt earned his party's nomination for the general election with a 464-252 victory over John W. Robinson, according to final, unofficial vote totals. A Democrat did not file for the race.
Republican Valli Gaskill will run unopposed for county treasurer/assessor after defeating two Republican challengers with 548 votes. Amanda Zimmer received 155 votes, and Leslie Burley netted 14 votes.
In other uncontested races, Don McDowell, a Republican will run unopposed for the District 3 of the Board of Commissioners; County Clerk and Recorder Karen D. Amende, a Republican, will run unopposed for re-election; Republican Jeffrey A. Noble will run unopposed for county attorney; and Democrat Kenneth Jesse will run opposed for coroner.
In Wheatland County, Republican Thomas Bennett will be the only candidate running for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.
Mary E. Miller, a Republican, will run unopposed for clerk and recorder; Republican James M. Rosenberg will run unopposed for county sheriff; and Linda Hickman, also a Republican, is the only candidate for county attorney.
Democrat Susan M. Beley is the only candidate for county superintendent of schools, and Democrat Rosemarie Steele will run unopposed for county treasurer/assessor.