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Western Montana county races feature old, new faces

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MISSOULA - With candidate filing deadlines Monday, the race is on for local and statewide races.

One key Missoula County race is bringing some familiar faces to the forefront. Former Missoula County Undersheriff Josh Clark filed to run for sheriff again, after losing to current sheriff T.J. McDermott in 2014.

Clark filed a defamation suit after that loss, where the Montana Human Rights Bureau ruled in favor of the county, saying his complaints lacked merit and hard evidence.

McDermott and Clark are both running as Democrats and that face-off will be decided in the primaries on June 5. Travis Wafstet, a current Missoula County sheriff’s deputy, is running as an independent.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst is running unopposed.

One Missoula County commissioner seat is on the ballot with district three incumbent Jean Curtiss is running against fellow Democrat Josh Slotnick in the primaries. Independent Jeffrey Halvorson is also running.

In Ravalli County, all three commissioner seats are up. For district one, Lyndsay Stover is challenging incumbent Greg Chilcott. For district two, Christopher Hartshorn is challenging Chris Hoffman, and Jeff Burrows is running for district three unopposed.

Current Sheriff Steve Holten and Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright are both running unopposed.

There's a packed race for sheriff In Flathead County as several candidates file to fill the shoes of Sheriff Chuck Curry who not running for re-election. All are running as Republicans so this race will be decided in the primaries. The candidates are Jordan White, Calvin Beringer, Brian Heino, and Keith Stahlberg.

The Flathead County Commissioners race has one Democratic candidate, Tom Clark, who will be running against one of four Republican candidates: Incumbent Gary Krueger who is challenged by Gerald Scott, Randy Brodehl, and Ronalee Skees.

The general election is November 6.

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