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Most unopposed candidates are incumbents

No competitive races in five cities.
Richard Hanners

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on October 9, 2018 5:02PM


In many of the Grant County elections this year, the race is not competitive, and elected or appointed officials are running for re-election.

In Canyon City, three incumbents filed for three four-year term positions: Jim Johnston, Don Mooney and Francis Kocis. Kocis was appointed to the council. Mayor Steve Fischer’s four-year term has not expired, and he is not up for election.

The election in Dayville has one candidate for each position. Emmaleigh Larson, running for council position No. 2, a four-year term, is the only candidate who is not an incumbent. Ilah Bennett, who is running for a two-year term as mayor, was appointed mayor after Peter Bogardus resigned in June. Incumbent Councilor Valli Hettinga is running for position No. 4, and Joseph M. Letosky, incumbent by appointment, is running for position No. 3.

The three candidates for the three four-year council positions in Seneca are incumbents Lilly Foster, Barbara Northington and Sue Holliday. The mayor is chosen by the council. Brad Smith is the current mayor of Seneca.

The little city of Granite has two candidates this year. Incumbent Ronald R. Simonis is running unopposed for the two-year mayor position, and incumbent Todd E. Lounsbury is running for one of the two four-year councilor positions.

In Monument, the mayor is a four-year term and not up for election. Sahara Hyder is the mayor of Monument. No candidates filed for the three four-year council positions.

Two incumbents are running for four-year positions on the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District board: Joanne Keerins for zone No. 1 and Roger O. Ediger for at-large No. 2.

Two incumbents are running for four-year positions on the Monument Soil and Water Conservation District board: James Bahrenburg for zone No. 1 and Brian Campbell for zone No. 3. Andrew Watkins is running for the at-large No. 2 seat on the board.



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