By Web Master, 6-06-12
||Caption: Three-year-old Mia Candau peers through her father Justin Candau's legs as her parents vote in the primary election at the Central Bible Church in Kalispell. - Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
The race for Flathead County Commission District 3 came down to the wire, as Gary Krueger and Gerald “Jay” Scott ran within 1 percent of each other throughout the night.
With all precincts reporting, Krueger led the Republican nomination by 15 votes over Scott, with a final tally of 3,636 to 3,621. It is undetermined whether Scott will request a recount.
Cal Scott is the GOP candidate for the District 1 seat, which opened unexpectedly after former Commissioner Jim Dupont’s death in March. Scott will face Democrat Gil Jordan in November’s general election.
In the District Judge Department 2 race, Robert Allison and Daniel Wilson will move on to the general election, with Allison taking 7,005 votes and Wilson with 5,380.
Senate District 3
In a contentious and closely watched race, incumbent Sen. Bruce Tutvedt of Kalispell narrowly edged out challenger Rollan Roberts II of Whitefish Tuesday night in the Senate District 3 Republican primary.
Tutvedt, who was one of the Senate’s highest-ranking leaders during the last Legislature, received 2,147 votes (45 percent) to Roberts’ 2,076 (43.5 percent), according to final unofficial figures from the Flathead County Election Department.
The wildcard in the race may have been Jayson Peters. Peters initially announced his candidacy as a Republican for the Senate District 3 primary and then withdrew from the race, but his name still appeared on the ballot. He received 543 votes (11.4 percent).
After moving from Florida to Whitefish two years ago, Roberts was making his first run at public office. He is the founder and CEO of a company that makes formulas to boost the immune system. Tutvedt is a farmer with deep family roots in the valley.
Roberts made his presence known this election season with supporters stationed at busy intersections holding signs for him. Those supporters were still active on election day, when they waved signs alongside Roberts at the entrance gates of the Flathead County Fairgrounds, where voting took place.
With the victory, Tutvedt moves on to face Democrat Shannon Hanson of Whitefish in the November general election. Tutvedt is seeking his second four-year term in the state Senate.
Flathead County unofficial primary election results.
FLATHEAD COUNTY RACES (absentee ballots and 42 of 42 precincts reporting)
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1
Doug Adams-R – 1,555 (12.2%)
Rod Bernhardson-R – 220 (1.7%)
Kirk Gentry-R – 2,733 (21.5%)
M. Glenn Kolodejchuk-R – 1,959 (15.4%)
Cal Scott-R – 2,955 (23.2%)
Michael Shepard-R – 1,473 (11.6%)
Ben Stormes-R – 1,305 (10.3%)
Gil Jordan-D was unopposed.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3
Bob Herron-R – 2,337 (17.2%)
Terry Kramer-R – 1,955 (14.4%)
Gary Krueger-R – 3,636 (26.71%)
Mike Schlegel-R – 2,031 (14.9%)
Gerald Scott-R – 3,621 (26.6%)
Clara Mears-LaChapelle-D was unopposed.
FLATHEAD COUNTY NONPARTISAN RACES (top two advance to the general)
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 2
Robert Allison – 7,005 (45.24%)
Bruce Frederickson – 3,042 (19.7%)
Daniel Wilson – 5,380 (34.8%)
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 3 (both candidates advance to the general election)
Heidi Ulbricht – 11,334 (66.6%)
Vanessa Ceravolo – 5,640 (33.2%)
Judge Ted O. Lympus, Department 1, was unopposed.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 2
Bill Beck-R – 931 (37.2%)
Suzanne Brooks-R – 326 (13.%)
Dee Brown-R – 1,243 (49.6%)
David Fern-D was unopposed.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 3
Rollan Roberts II-R – 2,076 (43.5%)
Bruce Tutvedt-R (incumbent) – 2,147 (45.%)
Jayson Peters-R – 543 (11.4%)
Shannon Hanson-D was unopposed.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 6
Mike Larson-R – 515 (13%)
Carmine Mowbray-R (incumbent) – 1,634 (41.4%)
Janna Taylor-R – 1,794 (45.3%)
The Republican winner is unopposed in the general election.
HOUSE DISTRICT 4
Ed Lieser-D – 463 (63.4%)
Tom Muri-D – 265 (36.3%)
Tim Baldwin-R was unopposed.
HOUSE DISTRICT 9
Frank Mutch-R – 435 (30.5%)
Scott Reichner-R (incumbent) – 988 (69.3%)
Rodrik Brosten-D was unopposed.
All three candidates for House District 3, Zac Perry-D, Jerry O’Neil-R (incumbent) and Shawn Guymon-L, were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 5, James Mahnke-D and Keith Regier-R (incumbent), were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 6, Brenda Talbert-D and Carl Glimm-R, were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 7, Diane Francis Taylor-D and Randy Brodehl-R (incumbent), were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 8, Brittany MacLean-D and Steve Lavin-R (incumbent), were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 10, Alexander William Schaeffer-D and Mark Blasdel-R (incumbent), were unopposed.
Both candidates for House District 11, Bud Koppy-D and Greg Hertz-R, were unopposed.
For primary election results for statewide races, visit the Montana secretary of state’s website http://sos.mt.gov/.
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