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Election Day

John Hurley votes Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Twin Falls Reformed Church in Twin Falls.


TWIN FALLS — The filing period began this week for state and local elections, and several candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring.

Filing ends March 9, but Twin Falls County Elections Director Valerie Varadi said usually the busiest days are the first and the last day. On Monday, all of the incumbents in Twin Falls County races had filed for election.

Interested candidates can find maps and a list of who’s already filed at

“Any information they need can be found on the website,” Varadi said.

Forms must be turned into the recorder’s office on the second floor of the County West building at 630 Addison Ave. E. Ballot initiative wording has until March 16 to be submitted.

Here’s a rundown of who’s filed so far in local elections:

Twin Falls County

All candidates who have filed in the major elections so far are with the Republican party. Following the May 15 primary, the top vote-getter representing each party will go to the general election in November. Independent candidates go straight to the general election.

Terry Ray Kramer, a farmer from Castleford, serves District 1 and was first elected to the County Commission in 2006. District 1 encompasses the western half of the county, including Buhl, Castleford, Filer and Hollister.

The District 1 seat term is for two years.

Jack Johnson, serving District 3, has filed to run a four-year term. Johnson was first elected to a two-year term in 2016. Johnson is from Murtaugh and spent more than 30 years in law enforcement.

District 3 encompasses the eastern part of the county — including Kimberly, Hansen and Murtaugh.

Kristina Glascock has filed for re-election as the clerk of the district court. The county clerk has been in the position since she was first appointed in 2003. This will be a four-year term.

Gene Turley has filed for re-election as county coroner. Turley has been in the job since 2014 and seeks another four-year term.

Rebecca “Becky” Petersen has filed for the county treasurer’s spot. Petersen was the chief deputy treasurer for Twin Falls County before she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Debbie Kauffman last year. Kauffman retired in August. The county treasurer is elected to a four-year term.

Bradford Wills has filed for a four-year term as the county assessor. Wills, a Twin Falls builder, was appointed to the position a few months ago, after longtime assessor Gerry Bowden retired.

Wills said in a statement that he is reviewing how farm properties are assessed in the county, with plans to develop a more realistic formula, as past assessments have been too high.

Jim Fort, Don A. Zuck and John Kepeleris have filed as Republicans in Twin Falls precincts 7, 8 and 18. Sylvia Wingfield filed as a Democrat in Twin Falls precinct 4. John Pitz filed as a Republican for Filer precinct 3 and Gretchen Clelland filed as a Republican in Filer precinct 2.

Jerome County

John Crozier will challenge incumbent Roger Morley for the District 3 county commissioner seat. Crozier has operated a collision repair business in Jerome County since 1982. Morley has served in his current seat for eight years. Local inventor and entrepreneur George Panagiotou announced he’ll also run against Morely but hasn’t filed.

Meanwhile, Ben Crouch will run for the District 1 seat, which is occupied by Cathy Roemer.

Richard Haberman will run for county assessor.

Gerald Brant, the current county coroner, is seeking re-election.

All are Republicans.

Republicans Brenda Haberman and Jonathan Wiegard will run for precinct committeeman in the Southeast precinct and Rimrock precinct, respectively.

Lincoln County

Two incumbent officeholders, both Republican, are seeking re-election. Ann Youts will run again for county treasurer. Roy Hubert is looking to stay in his current seat as county commissioner for District 3.

Minidoka County

Carl Hanson and Wayne Schenk have both filed to run for District 1 county commissioner.

LaVonna Staker will run for county treasurer.

Two incumbents have also filed to run: C.B. “Lucky” Bourn for coroner, and Tonya Page for Clerk of the District Court.

All are Republicans.

Republicans Wayne Schenk, Dustin Bourn, Bruce Hossfeld, and David Bennett will run for precinct committeeman in Pioneer, Rupert 5, Rupert 5, and Rupert 2, respectively.

Gooding County

Susan Bolton and Dennis Rogers will run for the District 1 commissioner seat, while Ron Buhler and John Elliott will compete for the District 3 spot.

Three incumbent candidates have also filed to run for their current offices: Denis Gill for county clerk, Justin Baldwin for assessor, and Christina Wines for county treasurer.

All are Republicans.

Camas County

One candidate has filed in Camas County: Incumbent Travis Kramer, a Republican, will run for the District 3 county commissioner seat.

Cassia County

Incumbent Dwight Davis will run again for county assessor. County coroner Craig Rinehart is seeking re-election as well.

Kent Searle will make a bid for the District 3 commissioner seat, which is currently held by Tim Darrington.

All are Republicans.

Republicans Dwight Davis, C. Mark Peterson, Sarah Bedke and Paxton Robinson will run for precinct committeeman in Unity, Burley 4, Oakley 1 and Oakley 2, respectively.

County Clerk Joseph Larsen has announced that he will seek a third term but has not yet filed.

Blaine County

Three incumbent candidates have filed so far: JoLynn Drage for county clerk, Larry Schoen for District 1 commissioner, and John David Davidson for county treasurer.

Jim Williams will run for county assessor.

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All are Democrats.

Democrat Susan Douglas will run for precinct committeeman for 13 Bellevue.

Republicans Richard Jessinger, Michael Leach, and Dale Ewersen will run for precinct committeeman in 1 North Blaine County, 5 Quigley, and 13 Bellevue, respectively.

Idaho State Legislature

Ten Magic Valley candidates had filed to run for the legislature as of Tuesday evening, nine of them incumbents.

District 24: Sen. Lee Heider (R) and Rep. Lance Clow (R), both of Twin Falls, will run again for their current seats.

Heider is seeking a fifth term in the Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. Clow is seeking a fourth term in House Seat A. He is vice chair of the House Business Committee.

District 25: Sen. Jim Patrick (R) of Twin Falls and Rep. Clark Kauffman (R) of Filer will run again for their current seats.

Patrick is seeking a third term in the Senate. He previously served three terms in the House, from 2006-2012. He is chairman of the Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee.

Kauffman is seeking a fourth term in House Seat B.

District 26: Sen. Michelle Stennett (D) of Ketchum, Rep. Steve Miller (R) of Fairfield, and Rep. Sally Toone (D) of Gooding will run again for their current seats, while Muffy Davis (D) of Ketchum will challenge Miller for House Seat A.

Stennett is seeking a fifth term in the Senate. She is the Senate Minority Leader.

Miller is seeking a fourth term in House Seat A. Davis, a Paralympic athlete and motivational speaker, is running for elected office for the first time.

Toone is seeking a second term in House Seat B.

District 27: Rep. Scott Bedke (R) of Oakley and Rep. Fred Wood (R) of Burley will run again for their current seats.

Bedke is seeking a tenth term in House Seat A. He is Speaker of the House.

Wood is seeking a seventh term in House Seat B. He is chairman of the House Health & Welfare Committee.


District 5: Four candidates had filed to run for District 5 judgeships as of Tuesday evening, including two running for re-election.

Eric Wildman of Twin Falls County and Jonathan Brody of Minidoka County will both run again for their current seats.

Meanwhile, Roger Harris and Theodore “Ted” Booth will compete for the seat left vacant by the death of Twin Falls District Judge Randy Stoker. Harris is a Magistrate Judge in Twin Falls County. He has been in his position since 2005.

Booth has served as a water adjudication hearing officer since 2004.

Attorney Sam Beus announced in a statement he will run, but he has not filed.

Idaho Supreme Court: G. Richard Bevan is seeking re-election to the Idaho Supreme Court. Bevan, formerly a district judge in Twin Falls County, was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in August.


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