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Flathead Co. votes on commissioner, justice of the peace

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The 2018 Midterm Election is big in Montana for the U.S. House and Senate races, but in Flathead County residents are voting on some important races.

Republican candidate Randy Brodehl is running for District 3’s Flathead County commissioner. Brodehl beat out incumbent Gary Krueger in the primary election in June.

From 2011 to 2017, Brodehl represented District 9 in Montana’s House of Representatives. In the 2017 legislative session he was the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and he was also the chair of the judicial subcommittee.

Brodehl’s campaign website states his main issues are to ensure public safety, protecting people's private property rights, planning ahead and managing the current growth in the Flathead, matching tax rates to people's paychecks and more.

Democratic candidate Tom Clark is running against Brodehl for Flathead County commissioner. Clark’s bio says he is a fourth generation Flathead resident. He has previously spent time on local land use boards and School Districts 1 and 5 boards.

Clark’s platform states the issues he is focusing on as having efficient county and city relationships, following laws and rights regarding property rights, focusing on keeping the Flathead’s waters protected and preserved from threats like mussels, looking at ways to create revenue through the tourist industry instead of continuing to increase property taxes.

Flathead County residents are also voting again on Department 2’s Justice of the Peace. Since this is a nonpartisan race, Flathead residents cast their votes for Paul Sullivan and William L. Managhan back in June, but will have to cast them again Tuesday. Sullivan won by 62 percent of the votes and Managhan held 38 percent.

Both candidates have experience in Flathead County courts. Since 2011, Sullivan has been a substitute judge in Flathead County Justice Court as well as Columbia Falls City Court and Kalispell Municipal Court. Managhan has worked in Region 1’s State Office of the Public Defender for five years and has appeared in all Flathead County Court’s.

For voters in Marion, there is also a fire levy on the ballot for voters to decide on.

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