County Commission Race Draws At Least Two GOP Contenders

Commissioner Pam Holmquist's seat is up for election this year

By Beacon staff

There will be a primary election competition for the Flathead County Commission seat up for grabs in 2016, now that two Republican candidates have filed for the District 2 seat.

Current commissioner and commission chairperson Pam Holmquist filed for re-election on Jan. 14, which was opening day for election filings and also the same day Tim Harmon also filed his bid for the District 2 seat.

Harmon, a newcomer to the political scene, works as the maintenance supervisor at the Flathead County Fairgrounds.

Holmquist was first elected to her seat on the commission in November 2010 and began her term in 2011. Each commissioner on the county board serves six-year terms, and is up for re-election on a rotating cycle. District 2 encompasses the southeastern section of the county, including Evergreen and parts of Kalispell.

No Democrats filed to run for Flathead County offices on Jan. 14. Potential candidates have until March 14 to file with the Flathead County Election Department. The primary election takes place June 7, and the general election on Nov. 8.

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