Friday, September 14, 2012

Dems to interview 8 for Bowman seat

Candidates to stump and face Q&A on Sept. 25


Tom Bowman

    Democrats have eight candidates set to run for Blaine County Commissioner Tom Boman’s seat after he departs Oct. 6 for employment in the private sector.
    They are Robert Blakely, Mary Austin Crofts, Will Duke, Jacob Greenberg, Linda Haavik, William Hughes, Craig Johnson and Greg Travelstead.
    A public forum will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey, at which each candidate will give a three-minute speech followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session.
    “We have received interest from a highly qualified group of individuals who are willing to serve the community and continue the great Democratic leadership Blaine County has been so fortunate to have, and I am confident we will find the right replacement for Commissioner Bowman,” Blaine County party Chair Gini Ballou said.

“We have received interest from a highly qualified group of individuals.”
Gini Ballou
Blaine County Democratic Party

    She said questions may include how the candidates stand on the county’s Mountain Overlay District, areas of impact, transfers of development rights and senior care. They will also be asked about their job skills, past experience and time availability.
    A vote will be taken on first, second and third preferences. Once results are tabulated and announced, the party will deliver its recommendation to Gov. Butch Otter on Monday, Oct. 8. Otter has 15 days to appoint a new commissioner, but Ballou said she hopes he will immediately appoint the party’s No. 1 choice.
    “We hope to have as little lag time as possible,” she said.
    Ballou said the party will continue to accept letters of recommendation on candidates until Sept. 24. Letters of support should be emailed to and will be forwarded to the precinct captains. People can contact Ballou at 720-4347 for more information.

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