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Lake County businesses, clubs to host political events

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LAKE COUNTY — Several area businesses and clubs will host candidate forums in the upcoming month. Listed are the offices open for election in November and candidates running for them: 

For House District 11, Greg Hertz, Republican, and Bud Koppy, Democrat, are the candidates.

For House District 12, Daniel R. Salomon, Republican, and Luke Walawander, Democrat, are the candidates.

For House District 15, Joe Read, Republican and Forrestina “Frosty” Calf Boss Ribs, Democrat, are the candidates.

In Senate District 6, Janna Taylor, Republican, and Nancy Lindsey, Democrat, are the candidates.

For District Court Judge District 20 (Lake County), department 2, Deborah “Kim” Christopher and Thomas A. Kragh are the candidates.

For County Commissioner, Gale Decker, Republican, and John Swenson, Libertarian, are the candidates.

Candidates for Lake County Justice of the Peace are: Alan Booth, Ron Boyce, Dennis DeVries, Joey Jayne, Edwin R. Jonas III, Steven Robert Kendley, Kathleen O’Rourke Mullins, Sharon Richardson, Rick Schoening, David A. Weinandy, Daryl Kerr and James Raymond. 

Candidate for Clerk of the District Court is Lyn Platt Fricker.




Candidate forums




Wednesday, Oct. 3


Super PACS, big money discussion to take place at courthouse

POLSON — Does big money corrupt the voting process in Montana? Can we reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that ruled corporations have the same free-speech rights as U.S. (and Montana) citizens? What has this court decision done to help super PACS spend millions in Montana to influence the Nov. 6 general election? Is uncontrolled campaign spending the same as ‘free speech?’

Please join your Lake County neighbors for a discussion of the role of big money in Montana politics, and how we can change the Citizen United decision by common sense, grass-roots political action through the initiative process. The meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse Plaza (by the flagpole at the main entrance). For more information, or to support the Initiative 166 campaign, you may call (406) 356-6686, on the Internet at, or by mail to C.B. Pearson Treasurer, Stand with Montanans, PO Box 153, Helena MT 59624.


Tuesday, Oct. 9


Forum sponsored by Polson Chamber of Commerce

POLSON — A candidates’ forum, sponsored by the Polson Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 7-9 p.m. at the Big Sky Bistro, 325 Main Street, in Polson. Appetizers, coffee and water will be provided. There will also be a no host bar. 



Wednesday, Oct. 10



Masumola Club to host candidate forum 

POLSON – The Masumola Club will host a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the club’s location on Masumola Road. (Turn onto Rocky Point off of US Highway 93 and after the 3-mile marker, turn right onto Masumola Road. The clubhouse is 1/4 mile on the right.) The public is invited to attend. A meet and greet with candidates begins at 5:45 p.m. Those wishing to enjoy the 6:30 potluck meal are asked to bring a dish to share. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. For information contact Irene Marchello at (406) 883-6184.


Thursday, Oct. 11


Lake County Community Development holds barbecue, forum

RONAN – The public is invited to attend a candidate forum at the Lake County Community Development office, 407 Main Street, SW in Ronan, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. A locally made barbecue meal and no-host bar will be offered. To attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bagaoisan at (406) 676-5901. 



Tuesday, Oct. 16


Polson High School site of first Justice of the Peace forum 

POLSON — DOVES and the Valley Journal will co-sponsor the first of two Justice of the Peace Candidate forums, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m., at the PHS auditorium in Polson.


Forum to be held in Rollins

ROLLINS — Rollins Women’s Club will sponsor a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rollins School House. Joyce Funda is heading this up and she can be reached at (406) 407-5156.


Thursday, Oct. 18


Big Arm Historic School opens doors to candidates

BIG ARM — A candidate forum will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Big Arm Historic School. The Big Arm Association has invited the two candidates for Senate District 6, the two candidates for House District 11, and the two candidates for Lake County Commissioner to a forum in Big Arm.

The historic school, on Seventh Street, will be open at 6:30 p.m. and will start with an informal meet and greet over coffee.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. with Paul Maurer as moderator. Candidates will each have two minutes to introduce themselves and then will be given time to answer questions generated from local residents.  After the forum we will serve coffee and dessert. Call (406) 849-6628,for more information.


Monday, Oct. 22


Polson seniors plan nonpartisan candidate forum

POLSON — Polson’s Senior Center is planning a nonpartisan candidates’forum Monday, Oct. 22, at the senior center. All candidates, as well as those running for Justice of the Peace, are invited to attend. No time has been set yet.


Tuesday, Oct. 23


Second JP forum planned

ARLEE — DOVES and the Valley Journal will co-sponsor a second Justice of the Peace Candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee.




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