By EXPRESS STAFF
Democratic Primary Election candidates for the hotly contested District 1 Blaine County Commission seat will present their platforms and answer questions from voters in a Pizza and Politics forum 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the meeting room at the old Blaine County Courthouse, in Hailey.
The District 1 commission race is the only contested race at the county level in the May 23 Primary Election. Democrats vying to represent southern Blaine County are Tammy Eaton, Carl B. Johnston, Larry Schoen and James R. Super.
The seat is being vacated by Commissioner Dennis Wright, who's retiring after 10 years of service with the county.
Schoen, who owns a farm along Silver Creek, is chairman of the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Eaton is a five-year veteran of the Bellevue City Council and recently completed a 10-year run as the civil administrator of the Blaine County Sheriff's Department.
Super, who's an Idaho native and owner of Super Outfitter Adventures of Sun Valley, ran against Wright for the District 1 seat in the 2002 primary.
Johnston, of Bellevue, owns the Minnie Moore Mine west of Bellevue.
Republican Dale K. Ewersen, of Bellevue, also is on the ballot for District 1. He is unopposed in the primary election and will face off against the Democratic Primary winner in the November general election. Ewersen is a former Bellevue mayor and councilman who regularly attends county meetings.
The public is invited to meet the Democratic candidates for the District 1 commission seat, ask them questions and partake of a variety of pizzas. The event will run about two hours.
The event is the Wood River Valley's only public nonpartisan election forum. For the 24th consecutive year, the Idaho Mountain Express is organizing and promoting it as a public service. The Express will provide the pizza and the evening will be moderated by Express Publisher Pam Morris.