Candidates will be asked a series of questions between now and the primary election.
Question: If elected by the voters of Fallon County, how do you feel you can best serve the people?
Posted May 9, 2014
Albert R. Batterman
I will continue to apply my 14 years experience and skills as Fallon County Attorney to address and solve the legal issues facing Fallon and Carter Counties. I will vigorously prosecute criminal matters to achieve justice and keep our community safe, and I will advise our leaders and defend the counties’ rights and responsibilities. These are the professional duties to which I have dedicated myself for over a decade, and to which I remain committed.
I will continue to be an active member of this community. My significant other, Jessica Dinardi, and I will continue to contribute our time and resources to support 4-H, music, athletics, and other causes near and dear to us and to her son, Tyler. We will continue to be active in our church and to give back to the community that has given so much to us. I will continue to provide legal services to those who need my professional assistance.
Those to whom much is given, much is expected. I will continue to work diligently in my public and private life to be worthy of the people’s gifts of trust and support.
Darcy L. Pankratz
I will best serve the people of Fallon County by devoting my time to the position. The County Attorney is a 75 percent part-time position. According to County records and Montana Association of Counties website, the 30 hours per week position is shared at 20 hours to Fallon County and 10 hours to Carter County. To ensure both counties receive the benefit of their taxpayers’ dollars, I would make sure I am dedicating my full attention to each county given their time expectations. I will limit my private practice and increase my staff. I can continue to serve the private legal needs of this community while reserving most of my time and resources to fully dedicate to the civil and criminal needs of the county.
I have always had the sense that this community is a safe place to live and raise kids. I would continue to do my part to keep that sense of security by prosecuting crimes and seeking appropriate sentences for convicted defendants. I strictly interpret Montana law, and make sure the facts support the offense charged. I am always mindful of the victims, and provide them with resources so they are fully represented and heard.
If elected, I feel I could best serve the public by my accessibility. I believe the Sheriff is a full-time dedicated position that I could fulfill. In a Sheriff’s Office the size of Fallon County’s, the Sheriff cannot strictly be administrative. The Sheriff should be available to answer concerns from the public, as well as respond to service calls when needed. Through a positive leadership role and accountability to all citizens, I believe all aspects of service can be achieved for the community. I feel that it is an honor and privilege to hold the position of sheriff that should not be taken for granted. My focus will be to strive to continue to make Fallon County a wonderful, safe community to live.
Randy R. Ketterling
I believe by utilizing my experience of 28 years in law enforcement, leadership skills, 21 years as Chief of Police, as well as the extensive training in management of people, my training with the F.B.I. in Quantico, Virginia, and also receiving my certification in Human Resources as a Hiring Specialist are some of the most important qualifications I have to be a successful Sheriff for Fallon County. My vast knowledge of the community, people, and that I have lived here my whole life is by far one of the most valuable assets that I can offer to Fallon County.
If re-elected as Fallon County Commissioner, I will continue to serve the residents as I presently have. I will listen, inquire, and respond to their concerns. It is my obligation to be of service to the residents at all times. I believe we need to continue promoting our economy, prepare for the growth by improving and maintaining our infrastructure as a whole. As a County Commissioner this job will never be about what I can do, but about what we can do if we continue to work together for the long term betterment of Fallon County.
Kevin J. Braun
I have 18 years of pipeline and heavy equipment construction experience in the oilfield while maintaining my own successful ranch and farm business,spending the last two (2) decades on the board of trustees of a member owned co-op making major decisions on capital budgets, operational budgets, employee pension, 401, union contracts, health insurance, construction contracts, construction equipment purchases, understanding the general operation of a 285 million dollar company, served as board president for three (3) years, attended legislative sessions in Helena to visit with legislators to help our cause and with this experience and knowledge I know what makes an effective board work.
If elected Fallon County Commissioner District 1, the learning curve will be great but I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity. It is my intent to take the past experience and knowledge that I have acquired and work with the Commission in its leadership and fiduciary roles, legislative issues in Helena, and assist in improving the day to day operations of the Commission for Fallon County.
Remember, all of us are Fallon County residents. You have a choice, please get out and vote June 3.