Candidates have already started filing for state, county, and hospital district offices that will be contested in the 2006 elections.
Longtime teacher and firefighter Clark Conrow filed on Tuesday to run for central district county commissioner.
“After 30-plus years of teaching and 30-some years of summer fire, I thought, why not try for county commissioner,” he said.
Clark said he has been contacted by a few people asking him to consider running for the office.
He said he had been approached about running for the state legislature, but said he just didn’t think he wanted to be away from home that much.
“This would be working with your community and doing things for the county, which I think would fit me better,” he said.
He said that although he lives within the central district, he knows a lot of people in both the east end and the west end districts of the county.
“Heck, I taught in Alberton for a few years, so I know a few of the old-timers down there. My wife is up in the west end. She is Sharon [Lincoln’s] sister and she does the bookkeeping work up there,” he said.
Central District Commissioner Jim Warnken previously announced that he would not run for a fourth term on the commission when his present term expires at the end of this year.
Jim was first elected in 1988, and re-elected without opposition in 1994 and 2000.
Clark said he asked Jim Warnken about being commissioner. “Jim just smiled and told me I would enjoy it,” he said.
Clark will run as a Democrat.
In other races, Rep. Gordon Hendrick (R-Superior) officially filed to seek re-election to House District 14, which ranges from Frenchtown through Mineral County.
County Attorney M. Shaun Donovan and Justice of the Peace Wanda James both officially filed for re-election.
With Billye Ann “Toots” Bricker retiring from her position as county treasurer and county superintendent of schools, all three employees in the treasurer’s office indicated they would run for the position.
Anna Getz and Nancy Coles will contest in the primary for the right to run as a Democrat. Both have officially filed for the office. Mary Yarnall said she plans to file and run for the office as a Republican.
The sheriff and county clerk and recorder positions will also be up for election this year.
The deadline for filing for the county offices is March 23.
Mineral Community Hospital is seeking applications for an appointed position on the hospital corporate board, as well as candidates for two positions on the elected hospital board.
Board chairman Dan Magone said they are looking for applicants to fill Geof Wilson’s appointed position. In addition, the seats currently held by Roger Hearst and Carole Johnson are up for election this year. Roger has filed for re-election. The deadline for candidate filing for the hospital board is Feb. 16, and the election will be held at the same time as the school elections this spring.
The Chronicle plans to run interviews with all of the candidates as the primary election approaches.
In other county news, the Mineral county commissioners are also seeking applicants for the new five-member St. Regis park board.
Applicants are asked to send a letter of interest to the commissioners by Friday, Feb. 10.