Clerk of court’s race heats up after incumbent withdraws

by karla pomeroy

Four candidates have come forward to vie for the clerk of district court and current clerk of court Dori Noyes withdrew her name from among the candidates.

The four candidates are Diane Nuttall of Greybull, current clerk of circuit court; Serena Lipp of Shell; Deb LaBudda of Basin, current deputy clerk of court; and Angela Cook of Greybull.

Big Horn County Fair Board Chairman Felix Carrizales of Burlington has filed on the Republican ticket for one of the two county commission seats open, challenging John Hyde and Keith Grant, both of Lovell.

The only other race is for county attorney where Michelle Burns of Greybull is challenged by Kim Adams of Shell.

Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn may have a challenger in the general election in November with Greybull Chief of Police Bill Brenner announcing his independent candidacy on Facebook. Blackburn is unopposed in the primary for the Republican nomination. No Democrat has filed for any county office.

Deputy Clerk of elections Annette Dillon said independents must submit a petition with 104 signatures of registered voters in the county by Aug. 25 to be on the general election ballot. She said the number is based on a percentage of the votes cast in the 2012 election for the U.S. House seat.

Dillon said if there are any minority party candidates they will be on the general election ballot, not the primary election.

The rest of the county officials are unopposed — Coroner Del Atwood, Clerk Lori Smallwood, Treasurer Becky Lindsey and Assessor Gina Anderson.