Incumbent Idaho County Commissioner Pat Holmberg was defeated by challenger Twila Hornbeck in the primary election held last Tuesday, May 25.
Hornbeck outpolled Holmberg 2,473 to 1,418 in the Republican primary for the District 2 commissioner post. Hornbeck will face Randy Doman of Grangeville, who won the Democratic nomination 313 to 245 over Mark Reaney of Big Butte, and independent Jeff Kutner of Grangeville in November.
In the District 2 commissioner race Jim Chmelik of Cottonwood edged Gary Owen of Pollock 1,559 to 1,532 for the Republican nomination. Mike Coey of Elk City was a distant third with 371 votes. Chmelik will face Jim Rehder of Cottonwood, who outpolled Bob Jesse of Fenn 560-102 for the Democratic nomination, and independent Clarence McReynolds of White Bird in November as they seek to replace George Enneking who is retiring from the position.
In the other contested race at the county level Sheriff Larry Dasenbrock of Grangeville easily defeated Republican challenger Mike Ayers of Mt. Idaho 2,856 to 1,134. Dasenbrock will face Democrat Wayne Sedam of Grangeville and independent Henry Kuther of Cottonwood in November.
Kirk McGregor ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for Idaho County Prosecutor, polling 3,239 votes. Unless there’s a write-in candidate, McGregor will run unopposed in November as well.
There were several contested races for Republican precinct committeemen. In local precincts Hilda Nuttman defeated Kim Coppernoll 129 to 33 in Cottonwood Precinct #1 and Ellen J. Seubert defeated Margaret Arnzen 79 to 66 in Cottonwood Precinct #2.
The District 8 legislative races were all unopposed at the primary. Republican incumbent Ken Roberts will face Democrat Darcy James for District 8A representative. Incumbent Charles D. Cuddy of Orofino will face Republican challenger Paul E. Shepherd of Riggis for the 8B position while Republican State Senator Skip Brandt will be unopposed in November barring a write-in campaign.