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Fallon holds razor-thin lead over Holmquist

by HEIDI DESCH
Daily Inter Lake | June 8, 2022 5:00 AM

Jack Fallon holds a razor-thin lead over incumbent Pam Holmquist in the GOP nomination for the sole Flathead County Commission seat up for grabs this year.

With absentee and Election Day ballots counted, Fallon’s total came in at 7,405. Holmquist had 7,401 votes on Wednesday.

But whether that will be the final tally still remains to be seen. The Flathead County Election Department has until Monday to count provisional ballots and there’s also the possibility of a recount in the race.

Former Kalispell Police officer Jason Parce netted 3,160 votes in the primary race, and local businessman Brian Friess took in 3,016.

No Democrats are in the running for the seat — or any other countywide seat.

A recount is not automatic unless there is a tie in a race. Under state law, a defeated candidate can request a recount when they lose “by a margin not exceeding 10 votes,” or if the candidate “is defeated by a margin not exceeding 1/4 of 1% of the total votes cast” — whichever is greater.

The defeated candidate must file a petition for a recount “within five days after the official canvass.”

Holmquist, who has served two terms on the commission, told the Inter Lake Wednesday that she hadn’t inquired about the recount process, but was waiting on the results from the provisional ballots.

“They still have the provisional ballots to count so we will wait until that happens,” she said.

Provisional ballots include absentee ballots that are not signed or the signature does not match the one on file with the election department or if the elector came to the polls to vote, but has an active absentee ballot. It also includes ballots where the voter registered late, or if the voter did not have the proper identification at the polls or their name does not appear on the official voter register, but believe they are registered to vote.

In other county results, county clerk and recorder incumbent Debbie Pierson earned 14,684 votes. Her challenger, Madelene Howard, netted 4,645.

For county superintendent of schools, Cal Ketchum took in 10,977 ballots while rival Erin Arneson came away with 8,368.

Flathead County primary results

42 of 42 Election Day Precincts Reporting

42 of 42 Absentee/ Early Precincts Reporting

DEM US REP 1ST DST

CORA NEUMANN 1,439

MONICA TRANEL 3,562

TOM WINTER 451

Write-In Totals 9

DEM PUB SVC COMMISSIONER DST 5

KEVIN HAMM 2,071

JOHN REPKE 2,786

Write-In Totals 12

DEM STATE SENATOR DST 4

KYLE WATERMAN 839

Write-In Totals 6

DEM STATE REP DST 3

ANDREA GETTS 554

Write-In Totals 1

DEM STATE REP DST 4

KIMBERLY PINTER 467

Write-In Totals 1

DEM STATE REP DST 5

DAVE FERN 1,152

Write-In Totals 3

DEM STATE REP DST 7

ANGELA KENNEDY 381

Write-In Totals 3

Total Votes Cast 237

DEM STATE REP DST 10

MARK H PHILLIPS 443

Write-In Totals 3

DEM STATE REP DST 13

COLLEEN HINDS 96

Write-In Totals 0

REP US REP 1ST DST

MITCH HEUER 544

MATT JETTE 1,969

AL "DOC" OLSZEWSKI 10,335

MARY TODD 1,970

RYAN K ZINKE 6,814

Write-In Totals 52

REP PUB SVC COMMISSIONER DST 5

ANN BUKACEK 6,626

DEAN CRABB 1,820

JOE DOOLING 3,961

DEREK SKEES 7,755

Write-In Totals 81

REP STATE SENATOR DST 4

JOHN FULLER 2,044

LEE HUESTIS 1,569

Write-In Totals 13

REP STATE SENATOR DST 5

MARK NOLAND 2,621

ROB TRACY 1,619

Write-In Totals 5

REP STATE REP DST 3

BRAXTON MITCHELL 1,331

LORENA WOOD 487

Write-In Totals 7

REP STATE REP DST 4

MATT REGIER 2,321

Write-In Totals 36

REP STATE REP DST 5

LYN BENNETT 791

BRIAN OWENS 625

Write-In Totals 18

REP STATE REP DST 6

AMY REGIER 2,346

Write-In Totals 38

REP STATE REP DST 7

DAVE INGRAM 670

COURTENAY SPRUNGER 800

Write-In Totals 3

REP STATE REP DST 8

DAVID DUNN 319

TERRY FALK 1,118

LYNNE M (OGDEN) RIDER 338

MARK TWICHEL 391

Write-In Totals 3

REP STATE REP DST 9

DAVID AUGUST 475

TONY BROCKMAN 767

CONSTANCE NEUMANN 700

Write-In Totals 3

REP STATE REP DST 10

BOB KEENAN 2,001

Write-In Totals 26

REP STATE REP DST 11

DEVON DECKER 423

RONALEE SKEES 753

TANNER J SMITH 1,520

Write-In Totals 4

REP STATE REP DST 13

PAUL C FIELDER 826

Write-In Totals 3

REP COMMISSIONER DST 2

JOHN T (JACK) FALLON 7,405

BRIAN M. FRIESS 3,016

PAMELA J HOLMQUIST 7,401

JASON J. PARCE 3,160

Write-In Totals 28

REP CLERK & REC/SURVEYOR/AUDITOR

MADELENE C. HOWARD 4,645

DEBBIE PIERSON 14,684

Write-In Totals 35

REP SHERIFF/CORONER

BRIAN HEINO 18,615

Write-In Totals 132

REP ATTORNEY

TRAVIS R. AHNER 16,636

Write-In Totals 166

REP SUPT OF SCHOOLS

ERIN ARNESON 8,368

CAL KETCHUM 10,977

Write-In Totals 26

REP TREASURER/PUB ADMIN/ASSESSOR

ADELE KRANTZ 17,646

Write-In Totals 70

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 1

BILL D'ALTON 5,294

JIM RICE 17,778

Write-In Totals 59

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 2

JAMES BROWN 11,293

INGRID GUSTAFSON 9,773

MICHAEL F. MCMAHON 3,542

Write-In Totals 33

DST COURT JUDGE DST 11 DPT 4

DAN WILSON 20,566

Write-In Totals 163

DST COURT JUDGE DST 11 DPT 5

DANNI COFFMAN 20,119

Write-In Totals 112

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DPT 1

ERIC S. HUMMEL 20,578

Write-In Totals 100

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DPT 2

PAUL SULLIVAN 20,174

Write-In Totals 150

KALISPELL FIREFIGHTER PROP KALISPELL

YES 2,618

NO 2,061

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