MISSOULA – Challenger Josh Slotnick has defeated incumbent Jean Curtiss in the Democratic primary election for Missoula County Commissioner.
Slotnick pulled off the late-night upset with 9,071 votes (57%) against Curtiss’ 6,691 (42%).
Missoula County is still tabulating the last remaining ballots, but that is not projected to change the outcome of this race.
Slotnick will advance to the General election in November to face Jeffrey Halvorsen, the Independent candidate.
10:16 p.m. — For Missoula County Commissioner, incumbent Jean Curtiss is seeking a fourth term. She’s being challenged by Democrat Josh Slotnick.
So far, Slotnick is leading Curtiss with 6,460 (56%) to 5,011 (44%) votes.
Tuesday night’s Democrat winner will advance to the General election in November to face Jeffrey Halvorsen, the independent candidate.
This is Curtiss’ 17th year in office. She cites her stewardship and conservation efforts, economic development, rural advocacy, public health and human services while serving as commissioner.
Slotnick has been farming in Missoula with his wife on their family farm since 1992. In 1996 he co-founded Garden City Harvest and the PEAS Program in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana.