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St. Ignatius voters should watch for ballots in the mail

ST. IGNATIUS – Three seats on the St. Ignatius City Council will be voted on during the mail-in Municipal General Election on Nov. 7 during the only contested election in Lake County. 

Ballots were mailed out to voters Oct. 18. 

Mayor Charley Gariepy is not running this year after serving on the town’s council for more than a dozen years. He was first sworn is as the mayor in 2006.

Three candidates have put their names on the ballot for mayor.

Willy Long, 35, is currently serving as a council member. He has held the position for two years. Long, who is married with two children, said that he would like to help make the council’s funding more transparent, and he wants to address other issues.

“As a parent, my biggest concern is the drug situation in town,” he said. 

Steve McCollum, 59, said he served on the council for 12 years in the early 1990s, and he felt that is was time to serve again. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren. He said the town has problems with dogs, drugs, a curfew, and other things.

“I’d like to improve the whole town and change peoples’ attitudes toward the council so that they are more involved,” he said. 

Daniel Thompson, 52, said he has government experience with law enforcement, dispatch, and the St. Ignatius Library. He is married with five children and 10 grandchildren. 

“I feel like there are a lot of things the town can do for the citizens like helping to make it grow and increase the tax base,” he said. “I think we need to encourage new residential growth and business buildings.”

Two seats are also open on the city council. Council members Roger Lemon and Daren Incashola’s terms expired. Incumbent Roger Lemon is on the ballot to retain his seat. Chris Heffern, C. Douglas Morigeau, Annie Morigeau, and Ralph Foster are also running for the positions. 

Ballots must be signed and in the election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. For more information, contact the county election office at 406-883-7268.

According to the election office, mail ballots will be opened, reconciled and counted by a sequestered Counting Center Board at the Lake County Courthouse beginning at approximately 1 p.m. on Election Day. No results will be released until after 8 p.m.



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