Biggest local stories of 2022: Lewis and Clark County elects two new officials

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This story is part of a 10-part series on the biggest local stories of 2022.

Lewis and Clark County voters elected two new county officials and four incumbents on a snowy Election Day that brought more than 64% of registered voters to the polls Nov. 8. 

County residents will say goodbye to county commission Chairman Jim McCormick, who did not seek reelection in November.

McCormick was first elected to the commission in 2016. He cited health reasons for his decision.

“It won’t be easy to leave the position and the wonderful professionals with whom I have been privileged to know and work with since 2017,” he said in a letter to the Independent Record. “It is because of them that we have made great strides on several difficult issues within the County. Many of which I am proud to have influenced throughout my time on the Commission. You trusted me and I have taken that trust personally. Therefore, I will continue to serve you to the best of my ability until the end of my term.”

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