Final unofficial election results in for Gallatin County


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Gallatin County races are tallied up.

Steven Hamilton won the seat for Three Forks Mayor, with 334 votes. Incumbent Gene Townsend received 227 votes.

The Three Forks Council races were uncontested. George Chancellor, Dennis Nelson and Sharon Smith will take the three, four year terms. Teri Whitesitt will serve the two year term.

In West Yellowstone, five people ran for three four year term Council Member positions. The winning candidates are Cole Parker, Brad Schmier and Jerry Johnson. They received 189, 188 and 162 votes, respectively. The other two candidates, Willie Binfet and Tom Cherhoniak got 123 and 65 votes, respectively.

West Yellowstone also had one, two year Council Member term up for grabs. Though Brenda Martin and Blaize "Doc" Stewart ran for that race, Greg Forsythe took the win with 128 write in votes. Martin received 102 votes and Stewart got 63 votes.

In Big Sky, two Directors were elected to the Big Sky Resort Tax District four year terms- Heather Budd (299 votes) and Virginia (Ginna) Hermann (277 votes). Hans Williamson got 193 votes and Robert (Bob) Shanks got 92 votes.

Also in Big Sky, Jeffrey Strickler ran unopposed and got the votes for the Big Sky Resort Tax District two year term.

The races in Belgrade were uncontested, and each candidate will take their position. That's Russell Nelson for Mayor, Ken Smith Ward 1 Council Member, Kristine Menicucci Ward 2 Council Member and Brad Cooper Ward 3 Council Member.

Uncontested races also filled the Manhattan ballots. David Rowell will be the new Mayor, and Daniel Ryan and Gregory A.W. Schack will fill the two open Town Council seats.

In Bozeman, Carson Taylor will take the mayoral seat over John Duncan. They got 5,599 and 1,957 votes, respectively.

For Bozeman City Commission, five candidates ran for the two open spots. Current Commission Chris Mehl and I-Ho Pomeroy took the top votes, with 4,250 and 3,511 respectively.

Voters also approved the Gallatin College Mill Levy, with 12,970 votes for and 9,061 against.

Click here to see the full article from the Bozeman races, including reaction from the winning candidates.

To see other races in southwest and western Montana, click here.