As Terry voters prepare to cast their ballot for Tuesday’s municipal election, candidates seeking a seat on the Terry Town Council recently provided a brief profile of themselves. Each candidate was asked to introduce themselves by sharing information about their family, schooling, work history, interest and participation in local organizations as well as why they chose to run.
Ward I (west of Logan Ave.)
Lorraine ‘Lou’ Cronin-Hockhalter
Lou has lived and owned a home in Terry for 11 years. Raised in the Boston, Mass., area, Lou attended Butera School of Art in Boston after graduating from high school. She has also received a business degree from Western International University in Phoenix, Ariz., with a minor in marketing. She is currently attending Montana State University-Billings, studying Fine Arts.
As an artist, Lou has found work through her paintings, creating signs and murals under her business Studio One 19. Lou also works part-time for Terry Public Schools as a bus driver and custodian.
Lou is a 26-year member of Kiwanis International.
She decided to run for the Terry Town Council seat, after seeing that no other candidate had stepped up to serve. Lou sees this as an opportunity to do something for Terry.
“I would like to be the ear of the community,” Lou said.
Lou is married to Lewis Hockhalter.
Ward I (west of Logan Ave.)
Fred Rambur (write-in candidate)
After Fred’s family moved to Terry from Baker, Fred spent his senior year at Terry High School, graduating in 1967. In January 1969 Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War.
When he returned to Montana, Fred worked in Helena as a helicopter mechanic for the National Guard.
Fred and his wife Lotty returned to Terry in 1978. The couple has two grown sons, Tory and Todd.
Fred worked as an equipment operator for Buffalo Rapids, before returning to work at the National Guard in 1982 — this time as an active duty training manager for Southeastern Montana. He retired from the National Guard in 2000 and began working for the Montana Department of Transportation as a snowplow operator, where he currently is employed.
Fred is a member of the VFW, the Evangelical Church in Fallon and is the county director of the hunters safety program.
He decided to seek a seat on the Terry Town Council because he would like to see Terry continue as a nice town and doesn’t want to see it “dry up and blow away.”
“We raised our boys here. This is a nice place to live,” Fred said.
Ward II (east of Logan Ave.)
Kathy Hickman (write-in candidate)
Kathy Hickman and her husband Rod moved to Terry July 7, 2007. The couple has one daughter, Jessica, who lives in Pierce, Idaho with their three grandsons.
Kathy was raised in a family with six children. Her father retired after serving 21 years in the Air Force and her mother is a homemaker. Her parents live in central Fl.
After graduating from Holmes County High School in Bonifay, Fl., Kathy moved to Norfolk Va., where she and her husband met.
Kathy completed a two-year nursing program in Lawton, Okla., and has made her career as a licensed practical nurse since then. She currently works at Gabert Clinic in Glendive.
She is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and has also volunteered for ambulance service in other communities.
After much “soul-searching and prayer” Kathy said she decided to run for the Ward II council seat. Since that time she has been undertaking footwork, visiting with residents and business owners about local issues.
“I’ve always enjoyed serving others and helping others,” Kathy said.
November 8 is election day
Polls will open for the two Terry Town Council seats at Terry Town Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Registered voters can also vote by absentee ballot by contacting County Election Administrator Toni Kalfell at the Prairie County Courthouse or by calling 635-5575. Absentee voting closes at noon, Nov. 7.
The elected candidates will be replacing outgoing councilmen Josh Helmuth (Ward I) and Tom Pisk (Ward II).
Published Nov. 2, 2011