Incumbent Peter Goldmark will face Republican challenger Clint Didier in the fall in the race for commissioner of public lands.
Goldmark was getting the most votes in early primary returns Tuesday night, with Didier coming in second. The top two vote getters advance.
Didier is a farmer and rancher in Franklin County, and ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nomination in the 2010 election. Goldmark, a Democrat, is seeking his second term.
The lands commissioner controls 1 million acres of farmland, 2 million acres of forest land and 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands. One of the roles of the lands commissioner is to use those lands in a productive manner to generate money for various state operations.