Kartevold, Canen advance
By Jason Stuart
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Dawson County voters chose a new county commissioner and a Republican candidate for Dawson County Sheriff in landslide fashion during Tuesday’s 2014 Primary Election.
In the race for District 3 County Commissioner, challenger Gary Kartevold won handily over incumbent Jim Skillestad on the Republican ballot.
Kartevold took 1,586 votes, for 65 percent of the vote, to Skillestad’s 851 votes, which accounted for 35 percent.
No Democrat filed to run for county commissioner, so barring a write-in candidate on the November ballot, Kartevold will take Skillestad’s place in early 2015.
“There was a lot more support than I anticipated — moral, financial, just about any kind you could name,” Kartevold said about his victory.
Kartevold said he hopes to help create a more open dialogue between the commissioners and the public when he takes office.
“I would like to open up a lot more communication between the people and the commissioners,” he said. “I’m not a big talker, I’d rather listen. I think you learn a lot more from listening.”
In the Republican primary for Dawson County Sheriff, current sheriff’s deputy Ross Canen won easily over Robert Keiser.
Canen garnered a total of 1,932 votes, taking just over 79 percent of the vote. Keiser only mustered 495 votes.
“I’m humbled and honored by the vote and I look forward to the general election and handling all the problems and issues this county faces regarding public safety,” Canen said.
Canen will face off against Democrat Dave Rossi in the general election in November.
Rossi appeared unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot. Less than half of Democrats who submitted ballots cast a vote for him.
As for the local government review studies, which the Montana Constitution allows voters to decide whether to hold once every 10 years, one passed and one didn’t.
Voters in the City of Glendive narrowly passed the measure by a vote of 721-639.
County voters narrowly rejected forming a county government study commission by 170 votes.
Glendive will now need candidates to fill its five-person study commission. Those who file for the study commission seats will appear on the November ballot.
Over half of Dawson County’s registered voters turned out for the primary.
A total of 2,863 ballots were cast from among the county’s 5,441 registered voters, a turnout of 52.6 percent.
The overwhelming majority of the ballots cast were Republican ballots, with 2,493 cast compared to 370 Democratic ballots.
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