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School Elections 2022

School Elections 2022

2022 Great Falls Public Schools Election Information

Trustee Resolution Calling for an Election

Montana School Elections Calendar

Ballots will be mailed on April 13-18, 2022.  Ballots can be returned by mail or in person to the Cascade County Election Office located at 325 2nd Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59401
.  If sent by mail, please allow enough time for delivery prior to the May 3, 2022 deadline. 

On behalf of the students and staff of Great Falls Public Schools and our Board of Trustees, we hope you will study the candidates and cast your ballot by May 3.   

If you have questions on the ballot, please contact the Cascade County Elections Department.

Trustee Election

The following four seats are up for election:

  • Three seats that represent both elementary and secondary districts on the board for three years, until May, 2025. Anyone interested in these positions must live within the Great Falls Public School District boundary. The positions are currently held by Mark Finnicum, Jeff Gray, and Gordon Johnson.
  • One seat, a one-year position, will fill out the remainder of Jan Cahill’s term. Nathan Reiff was appointed by the Board to fill Jan Cahill’s open position until the next regular election.

Candidates will need to declare their intent for either the one-year position or for the three-year terms.

Great Falls Public School trustees are unpaid volunteer positions. Trustees are requested to attend an average of three to four monthly meetings that focus on curricula, policy, budget, administrative issues and other topics.

There are seven trustees on the Great Falls Public School Board. The seven seats represent both the elementary and secondary districts.

The Electric held a forum for the Trustee candidates on April 14, 2022.  You can view the forum here.

You can view Questions and Answers from the Trustee candidates for the 1-year term here and from the Trustee candidates for the 3-year terms here.

For more information, call Brian Patrick at 406-268-6050.

Ballots will be sent out on April 13-18 and, in order to be counted, must be received by May 3rd.  Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Cascade County Elections Office until May 3rd.  Voters may also vote in person at Expo Park on May 3rd.   

Ballots may be dropped off at the Elections Office at the Courthouse Annex at 325 2nd Ave North on Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm before Election Day.  On Election Day, ballots can be dropped off at the Exhibition Hall at the Montana Expo Park 400 3rd St NW or/and Courthouse Annex from 7:00 am-8:00 pm.

3/8/2020 12:00 Noon   

If you miss this regular registration deadline (30 days prior to the election), you may still late register at the county election office.  The late registration certificate may be exchanged for a ballot at the school election administrator’s office until the close of polls on election day.  The Cascade County election office is located at:

325 2nd Avenue NNumber 100Great FallsMT 59401


2022 Trustee Election Information

How to file: School District Trustee Filing Timeline

Nominating petitions and candidacy forms will be available on December 9, 2021 for four open seats on the Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees whose positions have reached the end of their term.  The election will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

The Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for Trustee Candidate Form may be obtained from Brian Patrick, Director of Business Operations, at the District Office Building, 1100 4th St. South or at the Great Falls County Elections Office located at 325 2nd Ave. North # 100.

The form must be filed with the Great Falls County Elections Office at 325 2nd Ave. North # 100, prior to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Candidates must report campaign expenditures to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.