City, county, school seats up for grabs

By Jason Ferguson


With the June 5 primary election just around the corner, now is the time for those interested in running for office to pull petitions for those offices.

There are seats available on virtually every board, town or otherwise, in Custer County. That’s true for the City of Custer, where three two-year terms on the city council could be contested.

In Ward I, Larry Maciejewski’s seat has expired, as has Kris Blom’s seat in Ward II and Alfred Heinrich’s in Ward III.

Those interested in running for the counil may begin circulating a petition March 1 and must have it filed at City Hall no later than 5 p.m. March 27.

At the county level, commissioners whose terms are up include current chairman Phil Lampert as well as Travis Bies and Jim Lintz. Commission seats are four year terms.

Commission seats aren’t the only offices that could be contested. Sheriff Marty Mechaley’s term is up after he was appointed to the position by former sheriff Rick Wheeler, who retired last June with a year and a half left on his term. Sheriff is a four year term.

Also a four year term is Custer County Register of Deeds, an office held by Teri Morgan whose term has expired. The same is the case for auditor Terri Cornelison, who took over as auditor last fall after a series of turnovers in the office following the resignation of the last elected auditor, Nancy Christensen.

Petitions were available for the positions in January and must be turned into the auditor’s office by March 27 for Republican and Democrat candidates. Independent candidates have until April 24 to file.

At the Custer County School District, two seats on the board of education are up for election. Both of the seats, Jeff Prior’s and  Larry Baker’s, are three- year terms.

Petitons for the seats are available March 1 and must be turned into the business manager’s office at the school administration building no later than 5 p.m. March 27.

The Town of Hermosa has one seat on its town board up for election, the seat of Dan Holsworth. That seat is a three-year term.

Petitions for the seat may be pulled March 1 and must be turned into the Hermosa Town Office by 5 p.m. on March 27.

Two seats on the Elk Mountain School District are available, both three- year terms. The seats currently belong to Joann Boggs and Nancy Christensen, and petitions are available March 1 and must be filed by 5 p.m. on March 29.

Two towns in Custer County got an early jump on filling their town board vacancies. Fairburn has a three-year term available, with petitions first available Jan. 26. They were required to be turned in by Feb. 23.

In Buffalo Gap, a three-year term is available, with petitions made available Jan. 26 and required to be turned in by Feb. 23. Current board member Kim McNemar was the only person to file a petition.