Filing window opens for town, county seats

by nathan oster

The filing period for the offices to be voted upon in the Aug. 19 primary election is now open.

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 have declared their intentions to seek re-election include 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 up this fall, as the terms of Mayor Bob Graham and Councilmen Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen (who was appointed when Graham moved into the mayor’s chair) are all set to expire at year’s end.

Graham, McGuire and Jorgensen have all said they are mulling another run for office. The incumbents whose seats are not up this year include Clay Collingwood and Myles Foley.

The final day of the filing period is Friday, May 30.

To file for the council seats, visit Town Hall.

To file for one of the county positions, you can do so at the courthouse in Basin.