The deadline for filing to run in the upcoming trustee elections ended Friday in Belgrade, Manhattan and Three Forks with varying levels of community interest in the volunteer positions.

In Belgrade, three people filed for two open trustee positions. Trustees Joy Dewell and Scott Thorn are up for re-election but will not seek another term. Both Dewell and Thorn were elected for the first time in 2011.

Davey Lynn Haglund, Nate Powell-Palm and Anthony Heck filed to run in the election. Haglund ran against Dewell, Thorn and two others in 2011. She came in third.

In addition to choosing new trustees, Belgrade voters will decide the fate of two levies. Belgrade School Board Trustees agreed earlier this month to ask for a $112,200 general fund levy for the high school and a $711,849 levy for the elementary district.

If voters in both districts pass the levies it would cost about $1.25 in taxes per month for a home with a $100,000 taxable value.  

By filing time Thursday afternoon, only one candidate turned in papers to challenge incumbents Steve Heersink and Dave Hebner who are up for re-election this year.

Mike Swan is challenging Hebner for his open seat. Hebner was elected by acclamation in 2011. If re-elected, this will be his second term as a Manhattan trustee.

Heersink is the trustee from Amsterdam on the Manhattan Board. No one from Amsterdam filed to run against Heersink. This will be Heersink’s seventh three-year term as a Manhattan School Board Trustee.

Also on the ballot, Manhattan residents will decide on a pair of levies. In the high school district, a $23,705.72 levy is being requested. That would cost a homeowner with a $200,000 market value house $.50 a month, or $6 a year.

Trustees decided to ask voters for $76,739.09 in the elementary district. Homeowners would pay $2.56 per month for that levy, or $30.80 per year for the same $200,000 market value home.

In Three Forks, six new candidates and one incumbent are vying for two open trustee positions. Gale Amicucci is seeking re-election. She has served as a Three Forks School Board Trustee for two three-year terms. Stacey Ballamy’s term is also expiring. The one-term trustee will not seek re-election.

Bill Frank, Terri Howey, Joe Petersen, Heidi Boyd, Lori Sayers and Zac McCauley will compete for the two open seats.

This is the first time Three Forks has held an all mail-in ballot election. The Three Forks District is not asking voters for a mill levy or bond this year.  

Ballots for all three districts will be mailed out on April 21. In Belgrade, voters can return their ballots to any district school by 5 p.m. on May 6 or to the district offices until 8 p.m. Voters may also mail their ballot to the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder at 311 West Main Street #210 in Bozeman.

Ballots can be returned to the Manhattan District Office until May 6 at 8 p.m. or mailed to the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder.

Three Forks residents must mail in their ballots. There will be no school drop-off option. For anyone mailing a ballot to the clerk and recorder, it must arrive by 8 p.m. on May 6. 


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