With less than a week until the May 15 primaries, local Democrats continue to make their cases for a prized spot on November’s general election ballot. 

     For Blaine County posts, there are two contested primaries, both Democrat: incumbent Larry Schoen versus Dick Fosbury for District 1 county commissioner, and Jim Williams versus Kyle Kunz for the open assessor seat.

     Either Schoen or Fosbury will face Republican Mick Halverson and independent Debra Hall in the final race to represent the south valley for a two-year term on the board.

     Up north, incumbent District 3 Democrat Angenie McCleary does not face a primary opponent but will run against independent Mickey Garcia this fall.

     With no Republican filed to challenge, the winner of the assessor’s primary will be the presumptive pick to replace longtime assessor Valdi Pace next year.

     The other elected officials on the ballot are running unopposed; without challengers, Treasurer John David Davidson, Clerk JoLynn Drage and Coroner Russ Mikel will all likely retain their posts next year.

     Because the Idaho Democrat Party runs an open primary, anyone can vote in its races. The Republican primary, which features statewide offices but no contested local races, is only opened to registered Republicans. Voters can also request a nonpartisan ballot, which only includes judicial races.

     Early voting runs through the end of business Friday at the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. All absentee ballots must be received by the Election Office by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

     To obtain more information, contact the county Election Office at election@blainecounty.org or 208-788-5510.


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