Closing date nears for county filing

As the closing date for filing for elected official seats in Sweet Grass County nears on March 12, a few more candidates have put their name in the hat, according to the Sweet Grass County clerk and recorder’s office.

Jane Bailey is running for the Big Timber Grade School Board and Craig Anderson has filed for the Melville School Board. 

Stewart Stenberg and Steve Story have filed for Conservation District.

Earlier his season, Donald Brewer filed to run for the committeeman spot for the Sweet Grass County Republican Central Committee in Precinct 2, while Pamela Rein has filed to be a committeewoman for Precinct 3. Becky Frese filed for the Precinct 5 position.

Also, Paul Gilbert, Brian Finnan and Mark Thompson’s seats are up for reelection in the conservation district, but none have filed. The District 3 county commission seat will be open at the end of 2018 with the retirement of Bob Faw. No one has filed for that position. 

Pat Dringman also filed for the county attorney position.

The Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s position will be contested, as both current undersheriff Alan Ronneberg and Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hensley have filed for candidacy.

Current sheriff Dan Tronrud will be stepping down from his post and running against incumbent Jessie Connolly for the justice of the peace position.

In the running for one of the two open county commissioner seats, Melanie Roe filed for candidacy in District 1. Roe was one of the original three applicants who interviewed for the same position at the end of 2016. Ultimately, no candidates were hired.  

Char Fuller filed for the treasurer position, which is currently held by Jane Stene; Susan Metcalf filed for Superintendent of County Schools — a position she currently holds — and current Clerk and Recorder Vera Pederson has filed for her position again.

These are up to date as of March 6. Filing closes March 12 at 5 p.m.

Check back with the Pioneer for updates as the filing season continues.