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Clarifying the Montana Primary Results: Commissioner’s Race Update

I’ve received numerous messages from concerned supporters regarding my absence from the recent Montana Primary Election ballot for the commissioner’s race, while my opponent Bill Lanier appeared on the Democratic Primary Ballot. Additionally, there has been concern over the reported results, showing Bill receiving 100% of the vote in the Democratic primary, while I received 0% in the Libertarian primary.

First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for the concern and support shown by many Hill County residents, some even going as far as writing my name on other primary ballots. However, it’s important to understand that the vote for commissioner will take place during the general election in November.

The results from the primary may seem deceiving, but rest assured, the true showdown will unfold later this year.

As for the absence from the Libertarian primary ballot, it’s essential to note that the Montana Libertarian Party has had ballot access for more than two decades, thanks to the support received in statewide elections. This year, with the only contested primary being for the western district U.S. House seat, the Secretary of State’s Office determined that the statewide Libertarian candidates were all nominated “by acclamation.” Therefore, there was no need to include them on the primary ballot. Instead, Libertarian candidates, including myself, will appear on the general election ballot in November.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their concern and continued support. As the campaign progresses, I’ll need everyone’s unwavering backing on the road to the general election in November. Together, we’ll continue to strive for positive change and progress in Hill County.

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