Filing Deadline to Run for Local Office Closed

By Beacon Staff

The deadline for candidates to file for city office passed on June 30 at 5 p.m., solidifying the field for those wishing to serve on their local councils.

The biggest race this year will likely take place in Whitefish, where local races tend to be a bare-knuckle affair, as Councilman Turner Askew will take on Councilman John Muhlfeld to succeed Mike Jenson as mayor.

That leaves three at-large seats open on the council, and the following candidates have filed: Richard Hildner, Johnathan W. Anderson, Doug Wise, Frank Sweeney, Mary L. Vail and Life Noell.

In Kalispell, long-time Councilman Duane Larson is retiring from his seat representing Ward 4. Phil Guiffrida III and Cecilia Lee are running to replace him. In Ward 3, incumbent Randy Kenyon will defend his seat against Walter Keathley. In Ward 2, incumbent Wayne Saverud is challenged by Chad Graham and Erik Jerde. Councilwoman Kari Gabriel is unopposed in her bid to continue representing Ward 1.

In Columbia Falls, three at-large seats are open on the council. Council members Julie Plevel, Harvey D. Reikofski Jr. and Doug Karper are running for reelection. They will be challenged by Darin V. Fisher, Shane Hutcheson and Samantha Johnson.

Elections will be held this year Nov. 8.