has contested Primary races
With the appearance in this week’s Chronicle of the first election ads we thought it was time to list the candidates for the contested county races in the May 25 primary election.
Listed are those filing by the March 19 deadline to get their names on the ballot. Candidates still have until May 11 to file a declaration of intent to run as a write-in candidate.
Both Commissioner races up for election are contested with a large field of candidates in each race.
District 2 Commissioner (4-year team). On the Republican ballot are incumbent Pat Holmberg and challenger Twila Hornbeck, both of Grangeville. On the Democratic ballot are Randy Duman of Grangeville and Mark Reaney of Big Butte. Jeff Kutner of Grangeville is running as an independent.
District 3 Commissioner (2-year term). Incumbent George Enneking is retiring. Vying to replace him on the Republican ballot are Jim Chmelik of Cottonwood, Mike Coey of Elk City and Gary Owen of Pollock. On the Democratic ballot are Jim Rehder of Cottonwood and Bob Jesse of Fenn who had previously run for office as a Republican and as an “Independent Republican.” Clarence McReynolds of White Bird is running as an independent.
The Idaho County Sheriff position also has several candidates. The only contested race in the primary is the Republican ballot where incumbent Larry Dasenbrock of Grangeville will face challenger Mike Ayers of Mt. Idaho. Wayne Sedam of Grangeville is running on the Democratic ballot and Henry Kuther of Cottonwood has filed as an independent.
Kirk McGregor of Grangeville is the only candidate to have filed for Prosecuting Attorney. Jeff Payne is not seeking re-election.
In legislative District 8 the only races appear to be in November. In the A position for state representative incumbent Ken Roberts of Donnelly is on the Republican ticket while Darcy Roberts of Grangeville is on the Democratic ticket.
In Position B Incumbent Charles D. Cuddy of Orofino is on the Democratic ticket and Paul E. Shepherd of Riggins is on the Republican ticket.
State Senator Skip Brandt of Kooskia, a Republican, is unopposed at this time.