Filings for primary election open May 15

by nathan oster

The first significant date of the 2014 election season arrives two weeks from today, on Thursday, May 15, with the opening of the filing period for the various municipal and county positions that will be on the ballot this fall.

The filing period for the offices to be voted upon in the Aug. 19 primary opens May 15 and closes May 30.

Two of the three seats on the Big Horn County Commission will be up for grabs this year. Jerry Ewen of Shell is the only one of the three not up for re-election.   Incumbents Keith Grant and John Hyde (who was appointed to replace Thomas “Scotty” Hinman) have already announced their intention to seek another term.

All of the elected county offices will also be up for election this year.

Department heads who declared their intentions to seek re-election at the recent Lincoln Day Dinner included Clerk Lori Smallwood, Assessor Gina Anderson, Attorney Michelle Burns and Sheriff Ken Blackburn.

Three of the five seats on the Greybull Town Council will also be available this fall, as the terms of Mayor Bob Graham and Councilmen Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen (who was appointed when Graham ascended to the mayor’s chair) are all set to expire at year’s end.

Graham, McGuire and Jorgensen all indicated this week that they have yet to decide whether they are going to seek re-election. The incumbents whose seats are not up this year include Clay Collingwood and Myles Foley.

The filing period for special districts opens Aug. 6 and ends Aug. 25.

The general election is Nov. 4, 2014.