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  • Satellite offices to assist voters

    Annie Wooden|May 26, 2022

    The primary election is less than two weeks away, and hundreds of absentee ballots have been casted by Sanders County voters. Of the 6,293 absentee ballots mailed in Sanders County, 19% (1,169) had been received by the county elections office as of Tuesday morning. Absentee ballots can be mailed (the elections office recommends mailing by May 26) or dropped off at the courthouse or two election satellite offices in the county. The Sanders County Election Office is operating two satellite offices in the county. The first is open 9 a.m. – 4 p...

  • ELECTION 2020: Public Service Commission #4

    Oct 1, 2020

    NAME: Jennifer Fielder EDUCATION: Associate in Applied Science; Associate in Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Science PROFESSION(s): Lawmaker; Administrator; Project Manager 1. What characteristics make you right for this position? I'm focused. For me, this job boils down to fighting for low-cost energy, safe communities, and a strong economy. I'm principled: I refuse to accept campaign contributions from industry groups or special interests who lobby the PSC. I'm experienced: My eight years as a...

  • ELECTION 2020: Senate District 7

    Oct 1, 2020

    NAME: Bob Brown EDUCATION: High school, with study in water treatment and distribution PROFESSION: General Contractor, Pest Control and Artistic Sand Carving 1. What characteristics make you right for this position? I am a true conservative which I believe represents the largest part of this district. And I am able to have an honest and open conversation with the other side of the aisle. Also, politics is not a career for me. I am a regular person who works like all other folks in the district....

  • ELECTION 2020: Sanders County Commissioner

    Oct 1, 2020

    NAME: A Ben "Tony" Cox EDUCATION: Graduate, Thompson Falls Public Schools, K-12; Graduate, University of Montana, Business Administration; Graduate, Montana Highway Patrol Academy PROFESSION: Montana State Trooper, 1989-2009 (retired); Sanders County Commissioner, 2009-present 1. What characteristics make you right for this position? I treat people with respect and care. If there is a problem or an issue, as a commissioner I am able to identify it, discuss it and find possible solutions. We...

  • ELECTION 2020: State House, District 13

    Oct 1, 2020

    NAME: Paul C Fielder, Republican Candidate EDUCATION: MS in Wildlife Biology, BS in Fisheries Biology, AAS in Agriculture PROFESSION: Retired Wildlife Biologist 1. What characteristics make you right for this position? Experience in leadership positions and at the legislature make me the most EFFECTIVE candidate for HD-13. I'm in my sixth year as Chairman of our county Republican Party and have been a president or director of professional and sportsmen organizations. I've testified often in the...

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Attorney

    Oct 25, 2018

    Naomi Leisz is running unopposed for Sanders County Attorney. 1. What will be your top prioity as Sanders County Attorney? Primarily, to work closely with Sanders County law enforcement agencies and to work hard at collaborating a mutual, respectful relationship with the Sheriff's Department. Moreover, to seek out the resources we have here in Sanders County and learn what resources are already available to assist the County Attorney's office in resolving cases. To learn more about the various...

  • ELECTION 2018: Clerk & Recorder/Treasurer/Superintendent of Schools

    Oct 25, 2018

    Nichol Scribner is running unopposed for Sanders County Clark & Recorder/Treasurer/Superintendent of Schools. 1. How will you balance the duties of this office now that Clerk & Recorder, Treasurer and Superintendent of Schools are combined? I have an amazing staff, as most of you know, they know their jobs and do their jobs well. The ladies that work in both the Clerk & Recorder's and Treasurer's office are critical components to the combination of the offices. Recently, the county contracted wi...

  • ELECTION 2018: 20th Judicial District Court Judge

    Oct 18, 2018

    NAME: Deborah "Kim" Christopher EDUCATION: 2001: The National Judicial College (Reno, NV). 1989: U.S. Army Airborne School (Fort Benning, GA). 1988: The Judge Advocate General's Legal School, Charlottesville, VA. 1988: University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT, Juris Doctorate. 1982: University of Montana, BA in Liberal Arts, emphasis Diplomacy, History, Philosophy. Graduated Dean's List with Honors. 1978: Polson High School, Top Ten. FAMILY: Daughter of Corinne "Keenie" Christopher and...

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Sheriff/Coroner

    Oct 18, 2018

    NAME: Tom Rummel EDUCATION: Graduated from Plains High School 1981, Graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy 2006, and 1045 hours of law enforcement training FAMILY: Married to Shelly for 23 years with two children OCCUPATION: Sanders County Sheriff 1. What do you think about the proposal to have teachers carry guns in schools? Yes I'm in favor of this. Why? Because Sanders County and five of the schools cannot afford School Resource Officers (Thompson Falls has an SRO). When seconds...

  • ELECTION 2018: House District 13

    Oct 18, 2018

    NAME: Bob Brown EDUCATION: High school graduate FAMILY: Wife Debbie, daughters Tiffany and Emily, granddaughter Olivia. OCCUPATION: Self-employed 1. Do you think the Second Amendment should be repealed? If not, do you think there should be any new gun restrictions? To repeal the Second Amendment would be the biggest mistake that we could make! When we talk about the Second Amendment people always want to start talking about a right to hunt and supplying food for our family. It is not about...

  • ELECTION 2018: House District 14

    Oct 11, 2018

    NAME: Denley M. Loge EDUCATION: BA Geography FAMILY: Single OCCUPATION: Rancher 1. Do you think the Second Amendment should be repealed? If not, do you think there should be any new gun restrictions? Short answer-NO. I don't feel we need new gun restrictions however, I feel any unsafe or irresponsible use of a fire arm should have punishments that fit the crime. I feel hunters safety, or any kind of gun safety classes should be encouraged and the shooting sports for youth is one of the better...

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Commissioner

    Oct 11, 2018

    NAME: Carol A. Brooker EDUCATION: Went to the historic Cold Springs Grade School and Graduated from Sentinel High School in Missoula Montana. Attended University of Montana. FAMILY: Married to my husband Tim for 44 years. One son Anders and his wife Meg, they live in Missoula. OCCUPATION: Sanders County Commissioner 1. What one part of county government would receive more attention if I'm elected. When I am re-elected I will continue looking at the budget through frugal eyes. Public health and...

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Justice of the Peace

    Oct 11, 2018

    NAME: Douglas Dryden EDUCATION: B.S. Range Management/Wildlife, Washington State University. 1600+ hours of Montana P.O.S.T. Certified law enforcement training. FAMILY: Married to Jolene for 37 years with six children; two sons are active duty military and three adult children are living and working in Montana. Our youngest daughter is a high school senior still at home; 6 and a half grandchildren. OCCUPATION: Sanders County Justice of the Peace. 1. How would you prepare to handle cases...

  • Rummel, Lee move on in county sheriff race

    Annie Wooden|Jun 7, 2018

    The field in the race to November was narrowed down Tuesday as Sanders County voters went to the polls for the primary election. Three hopefuls ran for Sanders County Sheriff/Coroner, including incumbent Tom Rummel, Darlene Lee and Justin Ryan. Only two move on to the general election. Rummel and Lee received 2,546 and 796 votes, respectively, and will meet again in November. More than 3,000 ballots were cast in Sanders County on Tuesday, with more than 70 percent of voters completing absentee...

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Sheriff/Coroner

    May 10, 2018

    NAME: Darlene Lee EDUCATION: Associates (AA) degree in Criminal Justice; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) certifications; POST certified police vehicle driving instructor FAMILY: I have two sons and four grandsons who are my pride and joy. My grandsons range from 7 months to 3 1/2 years old. I have a furbaby who is an Akita named Tashi. OCCUPATION: Retired EXPERIENCE: I was a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol for 12 years with 9 years of... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: House District 13

    May 10, 2018

    NAME: Chris Gross EDUCATION: High school graduate FAMILY: Married 42 years with 2 adult children OCCUPATION: Former health care provider part-time, now retired EXPERIENCE: 10 years on Thompson Falls School Board WHY ARE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION? In the 45 years I have lived in Sanders County I have seen: funding for education go down, civil discourse on the rise, employment options decline, kids unable to afford living here, economic opportunities go downhill, drug problems get... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: House District 14

    May 10, 2018

    NAME: Denley M. Loge EDUCATION: BA Geography FAMILY: Single OCCUPATION: Rancher EXPERIENCE: Lived on a farm/ranch all my life, Montana landowner for 43 years, timberland owner, 45 years in road construction and highway maintenance experience, Soil Conservation board member for 16 years, Farm Services committeeman for 8 years, Planning Board for over 40 years, state Private Land/Public Wildlife council (in my 3rd term), Region 2 FWP Citizens Advisory Committee for two terms, Montana Legislature... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: 20th Judicial District Court Judge

    May 10, 2018

    NAME: Ben Anciaux EDUCATION: Graduated from Bigfork High School, 1971; University of Montana, bachelor's degree in History and Political Science, 1978; University of Montana School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1981 FAMILY: I was married to my high school sweetheart, Laura, in 1975. We have 3 sons; Aaron, Brian and Kyle. Brian deceased in 2008 auto accident. OCCUPATION: Deputy County Attorney, Lake County. EXPERIENCE: 1981 to 1986 - Deputy County Attorney, Richland County and private civil law... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Commissioner

    May 3, 2018

    NAME: Carol A. Brooker EDUCATION: Went to the historic Cold Springs Grade School and Graduated from Sentinel High School in Missoula Montana. Attended University of Montana FAMILY: Married to my husband Tim for 43 years. One son Anders and his wife Meg, business owners in Missoula Montana. OCCUPATION: Sanders County Commissioner EXPERIENCE: Sanders County Commissioner for the last 23 years. Deputy Clerk of Court in Beaverhead County. Owned and operated businesses in Sanders County. Plains... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: Sanders County Attorney

    May 3, 2018

    NAME: Naomi R. Leisz EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Juris Doctor FAMILY: Most all my family lives in Trout Creek, and has for over 43 years. My parents, Louis and Jean Hannum; my brother Zach Hannum & my sister-in-law, Sara Bache-Hannum their three children, my two nieces, my aunt, Elizabeth Glackin; and my Uncle, Mark Hannum. I have 3 children ages 20, 13 & 10. OCCUPATION: Private Attorney EXPERIENCE: 22 years private practice WHY ARE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS... Full story

  • ELECTION 2018: Justice of the Peace

    May 3, 2018

    NAME: Douglas Dryden EDUCATION: B.S. Range Management/Wildlife, Washington State University. 1600+ hours of Montana P.O.S.T. Certified law enforcement training. FAMILY: Married to Jolene for 37 years with six children; two sons are active duty military and three adult children are living and working in Montana. Our youngest daughter is a high school senior still at home; 6 and a half grandchildren. OCCUPATION: Sanders County Justice of the Peace. EXPERIENCE: Appointed to the position of Justice... Full story