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Commission, sheriff face contested races in May, November

Elections 2016: to the primary

(Correction: Note, Kirk MacGregor's term in office has been corrected in this online story.)

Dates to Know

• Write-in candidate filing deadline: April 19

• Absentee voting starts April 11

• Primary election is May 17

With close of filings last Friday, races for Idaho County and Legislative District 7 will be contested headed into both the May 17 primary and Nov. 8 general elections.

Idaho County

For the four-year term District 2 Commissioner, challenger Rusty Bennett of Kamiah will face off against first-term incumbent Mark A. Frei of Grangeville in the Republican primary.

For District 3 Commissioner, a two-year term, Denis B. Duman will challenge two-term incumbent and fellow Cottonwood resident Jim Chmelik.

In both commission races, no other political parties have filed a candidate to run. Pending no write-in candidates file, Idaho County Commission races will be finalized in the May 17 primary.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s race will see two-term incumbent Doug Giddings seeking re-election. Giddings is unopposed in the May primary; however, in the Nov. 8 general election, he will face challenger, Independent Carlos Martinez of Kooskia.

Running unopposed for a fourth term is Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk A. MacGregor (R).

District 7

Incumbents in District 7 senate and house races will face challengers in the Republican primary.

Carl G. Crabtree of Grangeville will vie against incumbent Sheryl L. Nuxoll of Cottonwood for senate. The winner in this contest will face Democrat Ken Meyers of Sagle in November.

For the House A position, Priscilla Giddings of White Bird is challenging incumbent Shannon McMillan of Silverton. Winner in this contest will face Democrat Jessica Chilcott of Sandpoint.

For the House B position, incumbent Paul E. Shepherd of Riggins will face off against Kris L. Steneck of Elk City.


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