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Candidates file for Pierce Co. elections

By Staff | Apr 13, 2010

Pierce County’s primary election on June 8 will feature four contested races.

All three county commission districts with terms expiring have two candidates each running. The sheriff’s office will again be contested.

There are other county offices up for election – states attorney, clerk of court, county recorder and representative to the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District – but each feature just one candidate.

All the candidates will run again in the general election in November.

Commission

In District One, incumbent Joe Bohl is being challenged by Dave Engeland.

Bohl, who farms in the Wolford area, is seeking a second term. Engeland, who works in the city of Rugby’s street department, is a past commissioner, serving from 1995-2003.

In District three, incumbent Richard Vetsch, of Rugby; is being challenged by Rick Larson.

Vetsch is a retired farmer and has served the past 10 years on the commission. Larson is city water plant supervisor.

In District Five, Dave Migler is again being challenged by Ronald Grossman. Migler who farms southwest of Rugby has served the past eight years on the commission.

Grossman farms in southern Pierce County and ran against Migler in 2006.

Sheriff

Matt Lunde is bidding to retain is position as Pierce County Sheriff.

Lunde was appointed late last year by the county commission to fill the remaining year on Robert Graber’s term. Lunde was a former sheriff’s deputy in Pierce County and will be running in his first election.

His challenger, Kelly Keller, is no stranger to elections. Keller has ran for the position the past two elections. He is also a former Pierce County deputy sheriff and currently serves in that role in Mercer County.

Other elections

Three incumbents have filed and are running unopposed for county offices.

Galen Mack is running for states attorney; Carla Marks for clerk of court; Lori Miron for county recorder.

Dave Anderson is running for the the county’s representative to the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. Long-time officer holder LeRoy Johnson did not seek another term.

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