You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Counts elected to Bismarck Board of Aldermen in special election
alert top story

Counts elected to Bismarck Board of Aldermen in special election

Counts elected to Bismarck Board of Aldermen in special election


Voters in Bismarck’s Ward 2 cast their ballots in a special election Tuesday and elected Lochie Counts to represent them on the Bismarck Board of Aldermen. Counts has been elected to serve a two-year term on the board.

Counts won the special election with 34 votes over challenger Dustin Garling’s 26 votes.

The special election was held after Counts and Garling tied in the polls during the election held on June 2, each receiving 35 votes.

Counts said she is ready to get started and finish some of the things she has begun, including getting a time capsule buried and working on committees.

“I’m ready to finally be official,” Counts said. “I appreciate everybody that got out to vote for me.

"With such an odd time for an election and having to do it again, I appreciate the support I had from the community and the citizens, and I look forward to being their voice.”

Counts has been serving as Ward 2 alderwoman since Sept 26. She was appointed to fill the position left vacant by then-Alderman J.T. Shy, who has since been sworn in as the city’s mayor. Shy was sworn in after former-Mayor Seth Radford resigned in August citing health reasons.

The Bismarck Board of Aldermen will meet for their regular monthly session Thursday at 7 p.m.

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at


Get Government & Politics updates in your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Staff Writer

Reporter, Staff Writer, and Photojournalist

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Jason Coplin of Park Hills has won the coroner’s race, with a vote tally of 5,407 to challenger Dan Sanders' 4,217, garnering 55% of the ballo…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News