The race for Bent County Commissioner, District 1 isn't over just yet. Dove Dunham successfully met petition deadlines to appear to November's general election ballot, running as an independent.

The race for Bent County Commissioner, District 1 isn't over just yet.

Dove Dunham successfully met petition deadlines to appear to November's general election ballot, running as an independent. Dunham will challenge Bent County Development Foundation Director Kim MacDonnell who ran unopposed on the on the Republican ticket to fill the seat being vacated by current commissioner Bill Long. MacDonnell was the only candidate on primary ballots to fill the seat as the local Democratic Party did not present a candidate.

"I feel like my education and my experience qualify me to be a county commissioner and give me the skills to excel in the position," said Dunham, who holds a degree in economics and finance and attended law school at Denver University. "As the father of four school aged children, I feel like I understand the challenges of providing opportunities for children in our community. I have backgrounds in economics, finance, budgeting, legal matters, customer service and more. Through my extensive customer service experience I feel like I do well with dealing with people."

After law school, Dunham started his own business and decided recently to take time to spend educating and caring for his children.

"While I will be running as an 'unaffiliated' candidate, I have always considered myself politically conservative," said Dunham. "For years I considered myself a Republican but I feel like there's not a single political party that matches perfectly with my political beliefs. I believe in small government and low taxes. I also believe in free will, liberty and personal responsibility. I belive that people should be free from government control and free to live their lives according to their own conscience."

The general election will be held Nov. 8, 2016.