by nathan oster
The Big Horn County Clerk’s Office has announced that John King and Bob Graham received the most write-in votes and have been given the first chance to jump into the race for expiring seats on the Greybull Town Council.
Only the three incumbents, Clay Collingwood, Marquerite Van Dyke and Marvin Hunt, filed for the seats and ran in last week’s primary election. Collingwood and Van Dyke, running for the two available four-year terms, received 293 and 282 votes, respectively.
Graham received 18 write-ins for the four-year seat, followed by King, who received 17.
Hunt, running for the two-year seat, received the most votes in last week’s primary, with 330 going in his column. Graham was the top write-in for the two-year term as well, collecting five votes.
Two other potential candidates — one for the four-year term, the other for the two-year term — also received a qualifying number of write-in votes, but they will only be notified by the clerk’s office if Graham or King decline their nominations.
A maximum of four candidates can appear on the general election ballot for the two, four-year terms. For the two-year term, a maximum of two candidates can appear on the ballot.
King and Graham have until Monday, Aug. 29 to inform the county clerk’s office whether they intend to accept or decline their nominations.