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Justice of the Peace Debra Williams says she is not seeking another term after serving on the bench in Butte for 16 years, and Bud Walker isn't running for a fourth term on the Council of Commissioners.

Butte-Silver Bow Coroner Lee LaBreche and former Justice of the Peace Ben Pezdark have filed for the Justice Court seat so far. Pezdark ran for re-election to the other justice of the peace post in Butte last year but was defeated by Jimm Kilmer.

Williams formally announced her decision to not run again on Tuesday, saying she will retire from the court in December after four terms. She was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Butte’s justice courts oversee certain misdemeanors, fish and game laws, small-claim actions for amounts of $3,000 to $7,000 and civil actions with sums of $7,000 to $12,000.

Walker confirmed Wednesday that he is not running for a fourth term as a commissioner for District 7 in Butte-Silver Bow, saying, "It's time for some new blood." 

Josh O'Neil, who lost to Walker in 2014, is the only candidate to file for the seat so far.

The filing period for the 2018 elections in Montana runs through March 14, but in Butte-Silver Bow, no new candidates have emerged since Jan. 22. The filing period began Jan. 11.

There also have been no new filings for legislative seats in Butte and surrounding counties.

The only state post in the Butte area without a formal filing so far is for one of two District Court judgeships in Butte, but incumbent Judge Kurt Krueger says he will file and run for a fourth term.

The only legislative or local position in Butte without a candidate so far is the District 9 seat on the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners. Incumbent Dan Foley is not running for the seat again this year.

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