In a race that drew thousands of voters, Williston’s two incumbent City Commissioners retained their seats, while newcomers took seats on the school boards of Williston Public School District No. 1 and Williams County School District No. 8.
District 1 State Representative
The two Republican-endorsed candidates for the State House won Tuesday’s primary in a close three-way race.
David Richter and Patrick Hatlestad took home 967 and 947 votes, respectively, while Deanette Piesik got 881. That means Richter and Hatlestad will face Crysta Parkinson and Lindsay Walsh, the Democratic-NPL candidates for state representative, in November. Parkinson took 288 votes Tuesday, while Walsh took 277.
District 1 Williams County Commission
Beau Anderson and Brom Lutz will face off in November for the Williams County Commission seat representing District 1. With 586 votes cast, Anderson took 212 and Lutz took 195. Melissa Krause got 135 votes and Deanna Senior got 43 votes. The top two vote getters in the non-partisan election carry through to the November general election.
In November, the commission seats representing Districts 3 and 5 will also be contested. On Tuesday, Cory Hanson, who is challenging District 3 incumbent Wayne Aberle, got 387 votes, while Aberle got 313. In District 5, incumbent Barry Ramberg got 348 votes to Linda Meyer’s 220.
Williston City Commission
A five-way election for two Williston City Commission seats drew more than 4,500 votes, according to unofficial results. Chris Brostuen and Tate Cymbaluk, the two incumbents, retained their seats, with 1,448 and 1,117 votes, respectively. Williston Mayor Howard Klug, who was running unopposed, was re-elected as Commission President.
Brostuen, who serves as the Water, Sewer, Airport and Development Services Commissioner, won a second term, Cymbaluk, Police and Fire Commissioner, will serve a third term.
Darren Schmidt, a petroleum engineer, was one of three challengers for the seat. He placed third with 1,057 votes. Bill Holler, a former Williston police officer, was fourth with 613 votes, while Griffin Nelson, who graduated from Williston High School at the end of May, got 269 votes.
Williston Public School District No. 1
For Williston Public School District No. 1, Theresa Hegge, Thomas Kalil and Joanna Baltes claimed the three open seats, with 1,254, 994 and 854 votes, respectively.
In District 1, all three seats up for election were open this year, as three current board members decided not to run.
That, in conjunction with increasing enrollment, overcrowding and a failed bond referendum to build two new elementary schools in March, sparked strong interest in the race. Originally, 14 candidates filed for the three seats. Two, Pysethanie Dean and Brittany Kilgore, withdrew from the race, but their names were still on the ballot.
The unofficial results on Tuesday night were Hegge with 1,254, Kalil with 994, Baltes with 854, Mary Stenberg with 664, Debbie Olson with 612, Jeremy Mohl with 351, Robert Boyer with 239, Dean with 234, Jim Purkey wit 201, Max Milne with 183, Kilgore with 178, Cory Swint with 140, Errol Wilson with 71 and Duane O’Marro with 50.
Williams County Public School District No. 8
In Williams County Public School District No. 8, there were 94 votes cast, with newcomer Penny Soiseth and incumbent Curt Sullivan winning seats on the school board. Soiseth had 46 votes and Sullivan had 32 votes.
The school board race for District 8 also drew a large showing of candidates, with six filing to run for two seats. The two incumbents, Joseph Keel and Sullivan, faced challenges from Myles Fisher, Melissa Krause, Ashley Lemere and Soiseth.
The unofficial results from District 8 had Soiseth with 46, Sullivan with 32, Lemere with 23, Fisher with 22, Krause with 21 and Keel with 20.