Wednesday, May 17, 2006

See you in November

Unopposed candidates sail through primaries

Express Staff Writer

Republican Dale K. Ewersen, right, chats Saturday with David Archangel at a meet the candidates rally in Hailey. Ewersen, a former Bellevue mayor and councilman, is running unopposed on Tuesday's Republican Primary ballot for the District 1 County Commission seat. He will face off against the Democratic Primary winner in the November general election. Photo by David N. Seelig

Many candidates running for political office in November are dodging the May primaries, running unopposed in their parties.

Mickey Garcia, 63, of Ketchum, is running as an Independent candidate for Blaine County commissioner, District 3 (north county). His name won't be on the May 23 primary ballot, however, since only Democrat and Republican candidates appear on primary ballots, said Marsha Reimann, Blaine County clerk.

Sarah Michael, the incumbent District 3 commissioner and current chair of the Commission, is running unopposed as a Democrat for the north county commissioner seat. Although she is unopposed in the primaries, her name will appear on the primary ballot because of her party affiliation. She will face off against Garcia in November.

Dale K. Ewersen, of Bellevue, is on the Republican primary ballot for District 1 county commissioner. He is unopposed in the primary election and will face off against the Democratic Primary winner in the November general election.

In fact, the Democratic 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. (See related stories, Pages A14 and 15.)

The seat is being vacated by Commissioner Dennis Wright, who's retiring after 10 years of service with the county.

Blaine County residents can vote for all open County Commission seats, no matter what district they live in.

Democrat Jo Lynn Drage, who is currently the Blaine County chief deputy clerk, is running unopposed for county clerk. Reimann, who is retiring, is vacating that position.

Blaine County Treasurer Vicki Dick and Assessor Valdi Pace are both running again for their respective positions. They are unopposed.

Peter Dyndiuk, a Republican, and Rosalind Kipping, a Democrat are running unopposed for precinct committee person in Precinct 14.

Fifth District Judge Robert Elgee, is running unopposed for his position on the bench. Judgeships are non-partisan positions.

There are several other 2006 election candidates at the state level that won't appear on the primary ballot or are running unopposed:

Idaho Second Congressional District Democratic candidate Craig Cooper has withdrawn his candidacy, according to the Idaho Secretary of State's Web site. Still on the Democratic primary ballot is former state Rep. Jim Hansen, of Boise. He is challenging the Republican incumbent, Rep. Mike Simpson, who is unopposed in the primary.

Candidates for the Idaho Second Congressional District not appearing on the primary ballot are Constitution Party member Travis Hedrick and Independent Cameron Forth.

Other candidates who will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot but not on the primary ballot are William Charles Wellisch, a Constitution Party candidate running for Lt. Governor; Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Marvin Richardson, and Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Dunlap.

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