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Former Billings City Councilman Don Jones advances in Yellowstone County Commission race

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 18:27:50-04

BILLINGS – Billings State Rep. Don Jones is looking to add a seat on the Yellowstone County Commission to his political resume.

With partial results from all 44 polling places Tuesday evening, Jones held a 56 to 44 percent edge over Mike Black, with a lead of more than 2,000 votes.

Jones will face off against Democrat Robyn Driscoll in November.

Jones served on the Billings City Council for six years prior to his election to the Montana House, where he has served since 2014.

Black, a civil engineer for the Yellowstone County Public Works Department, is making his first foray into elected politics.

Driscoll ran unopposed in the Democratic primary after she was appointed to fill out the term of long-time Commissioner Bill Kennedy, who resigned in August 2016 to become director of the MSU-Billings Foundation.

When Driscoll was appointed, she became only the second woman ever to serve on the Yellowstone County Commission.

Prior to her appointment to the commission, Driscoll served four terms in the Montana House and was in the midst of her first term in the Montana State Senate.