Friday, May 18, 2012

Ramsey looks ahead to November

Clark content to still be Bellevue’s marshal

Express Staff Writer

Gene Ramsey

Following Tuesday's primary election, Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey can look forward to running in the Nov. 6 general election and Bellevue Marshal Larry Clark can look forward to still being Bellevue's marshal.

"I'm happy to be Bellevue's marshal—I've always been happy doing that," Clark said Wednesday.

Nearly 800 declared Republicans turned out to vote in the sheriff's race, with 544 of them casting ballots for Ramsey and 249 for Clark. The primary election was the first in Idaho when only registered Republicans could vote on the Republican ticket.

"It was frustrating to some voters," Clark said. "I had a lot of people who said they wanted to vote for me, but said they couldn't because they didn't want to declare as Republicans."

Nonetheless, Clark said, "it was a good showing."

"The numbers looked good for a first time out," he said. "I'm glad that I got the support that I did. I appreciate it. I'm sure I'll try it again."

Ramsey said he is pleased with the turnout.

"It was reassuring to see how everybody came out and voted for me," he said. "I think that all of my people are ambassadors, and I think [voters] came out and voted for me partly for my people, and I find that reassuring."

Ramsey will now face Hailey police Lt. Steve England, who has declared as an independent, in the November general election.

"I think the tempo will be different," Ramsey said. "But I'm still going to be focused and campaign on the facts."

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