When filing for municipal elections closed on June 27, it was apparent that interest in serving in local office is high. The slate of candidates in Glasgow runs three deep for two of the city’s wards and the mayor will have to do some campaigning to keep his seat.
Mayor Dan Carney, who has been in office since August 2005, is being challenged by Becky Erickson, who has been serving on the City Council for 18 years.
Three people are running in Ward 1, Glasgow’s northwest side: Nanci Schoenfelder, Shawn Andersyn and Stan Ozark. Neil Chouinard decided not to run for re-election.
In Ward 2, all of Glasgow south of U.S. 2, incumbent Melanie Sorensen faces Doug Nistler and Curtis Clampitt. Sorensen had decided not to run again, but changed her mind when Erickson declared her candidacy for mayor.
Dan Carr has no opponent in his bid for election in Ward 3, the northeast side of Glasgow. He was appointed to fill Norm Girard’s unexpired term in September 2012.
It’s feast or famine in Opheim, where no one filed for mayor but four people want to represent Ward 2 on the Town Council. They are Holley Mughetto, Virgil Nelson, Joan Erickson and Erick Forum. The incumbent in Ward 1, Scott St. John, wants to keep his seat.
In Nashua, a former mayor, Allen Bunk, is running against the current mayor, Patricia Hallett. The two incumbents in Ward 1, Linda Falkenstern and Donald “Smokey” Stover, have filed for further four-year terms in office.
Fort Peck residents will vote two of the three candidates into office in Ward 1. The incumbents, Joseph French and Thomas Weber, want to give it another go, but Jeffrey Robertson is seeking to join the Town Council.
The general election is Nov. 5.