election is Tuesday
The statewide primary election is set for next Tuesday, May 25 with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Idaho County level there is only one contested race in the primary and that is for Clerk of the District Court. It is a 3-way race on the Republican ballot between Kathy Ackerman, Pat Alfrey and Joan Hall. As there is no Democratic nominee, the winner of this race will be the likely winner in November.
There are a couple of races on the Republican ballot for Legislative District 8 offices. Incumbent Lee Heinrich is facing challenger Sheryl Nuxoll for the State Senate position for District 8. Also incumbent Ken Roberts is facing a challenge from Gordon Conrad for the District 8 State Representative Pos. A.
For U.S. Senator, incumbent Republican Mike Crapo is facing a challenge in the primary from Claude M. “Skip” Davis. Meanwhile William Byrk and P. Tom Sullivan are facing off to be the Democratic nominee.
For U.S. Representative, First District, incumbent Walt Minnick is unopposed on the Democratic ticket while there are 5 men vying to be the Republican nominee. They are Harley D. Brown, Michael L. Chadwick, Raul R. Labrador, Allan M. Salzberg and Vaughn Ward. Labrador and Ward appear to be the frontrunners.
For Governor Butch Otter is facing 5 Republican challengers. They are Walt Bayes, Ron “Pete” Peterson, Rex Rammell, Sharon Margaret Ullman and Tamara Wells. There is also a contested race for the Democratic nominee between Keith Allred and Lee R. Chaney Sr.
For Lieutenant Governor there is a 3-way race with incumbent Brad Little being challenged by Joshua Blessinger and Steven Dana Pankey.
State Controller Donna M. Jones is also being challenged in the primary by fellow Republican Todd Hatfield.
There are also a couple of contested races in the Judicial races, which are decided in the primary.
Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Burdick is being challenged by District Court Judge John Bradbury. Meanwhile Michael J. Griffin and Edwin L. Litteneker are vying for Bradbury’s current position as Second Judicial District Court Judge.
None of the other county or statewide positions have a contested race.
At this time also there is no candidate from either party for Idaho County Treasurer.