Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder candidates

Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder Republican candidates Greg Metzger, left, and Laura Miller Werley.

The primary race for Gallatin County’s clerk and recorder ended early Wednesday in a tie with each of the Republican candidates bringing in 4,965 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Greg Metzger and Laura Miller Werley are vying for the Republican nomination to face Eric Semerad, who ran unopposed in the primary election as a Democrat. Shortly after midnight Wednesday, final unofficial results pegged Metzger and Werley in a tie.

Elections administrator Charlotte Mills said a rough count showed 220 provisional ballots were cast Tuesday, and about another 220 ballots were rejected because of missing or mismatched signatures. Mills said voters had until the end of Wednesday to resolve discrepancies with their ballots.

After 3 p.m. Monday, she said the department will count the provisional and corrected ballots, possibly declaring a winner at that time.

Metzger said he would have preferred a clean outcome but that he’s excited to see what happens after all the votes are tallied on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see which way it’ll go, he said.

“It’s interesting that in a county like this that it can be exactly in half,” said Metzger, referring to the amount of votes each candidate got.

Werley said she did not have the time to be out campaigning for the position because of her hours working at the election department. But, she said she believes the results are indicative that voters did their research for the race and want to elect someone qualified for the office.

The clerk and recorder serves a four-year term and is charged with overseeing elections, maintaining public records and serves as the clerk to the Gallatin County Commission. Mills will retire at the end of this term.

Freddy Monares can be reached at 406-582-2630.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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