Blaine County voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote on numerous races in Democratic and Republican primaries, and for judges in the 5th Judicial District.

The majority of local races in the primaries featured candidates who were not challenged. Two key races for county offices on the Democratic ballot were contested. Incumbent 1st District Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen was challenged by former engineer and P&Z Commissioner Dick Fosbury. And, in a race in which the Republicans did not field a candidate, Democrats Kyle Kunz and Jim Williams were both vying to replace retiring county Assessor Valdi Pace.

With all 16 precincts in Blaine County reporting, Fosbury easily won the commissioner race over Schoen, with 1,833 votes to 784. In the race for assessor, Williams narrowly beat Kunz 1,307 to 1,110.

Fosbury will face off against Republican Mick Halverson in the November election to determine who will replace Schoen. Halverson garnered 838 votes in his uncontested primary race.

In the one contested race for 5th District judge, Roger Harris (1,214 votes), gained the most votes in Blaine County, leading over David Gadd (580), Theodore Booth (517), and Samuel Beus (258). Voters in Blaine and seven other southern Idaho counties are voting in that race.

For more results and analysis of the primary elections, see the Friday, May 18, Idaho Mountain Express.

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