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For the week of May 17 through May 23, 2000

Contested commission seats at stake in Tuesday primary

How, when, where to vote

Express Staff Writer

Candidates for the Blaine County Sheriff’s office, the county prosecutor’s office and two hotly contested seats on the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners are on next Tuesday’s primary ballot.

The election will select candidates for federal, state and county offices who will face final voter approval in November’s general election.

Because voters Tuesday must choose either all Democratic or all Republican candidates, at least two of the four Democrats running for county commissioner will be knocked out of the race.

Both county sheriff candidates—Democrat Dan Tiller and Republican incumbent Walt Femling—are guaranteed a position on November’s general election ballot.

The county prosecutor position has only one candidate, Democrat Jim Thomas, currently the county’s chief deputy prosecutor.

For the north county commissioner’s seat, Democrats Sally Donart and Sarah Michael vie for a place on November’s general election ballot, while lone-running Republican Ivan Swaner will, by default, continue on to November.

In the south county, Democrat Robb Peck competes for incumbent Dennis Wright’s commission seat. There is no Republican candidate running for commissioner in the south county.

Because Tuesday’s election is a party primary, independent commissioner candidates Sue Noel and James Super will not appear on the ballot.

Even though voters must vote for candidates in only one party during the primary, voters may cast ballots for candidates throughout the entire county, not just within their local districts.

Polling places will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at 14 county locations.

Unregistered voters may register at the polling places with a photo identification and proof of address.

Absentee ballots are available at the county clerk’s office (788-5505) and must be returned to the office by 5 p.m. Monday.

The polling places are:

  • For northwest Ketchum, Presbyterian Church, Warm Springs Road.

  • For Southwest Ketchum, Hemingway School.

  • For north and east Ketchum, Ketchum City Hall.

  • For Northeast Blaine County, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Sun Valley Road.

  • For South Ketchum, American Legion Hall, 222 Cottonwood West.

  • For Sun Valley, Sun Valley City Hall.

  • For Hailey precincts 1, 3 and 4, Hailey Armory.

  • For Hailey precinct 2, Hailey Grange Hall, 609 Third Avenue South.

  • For Bellevue, Bellevue City Hall.

  • For Gannett-Picabo, Silver Creek Convenience Store.

  • For Carey, Carey School.

  • For Yale, by mail.


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