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A voter slips a ballot into a box at the Twin Falls County Courthouse, March, 2014.

TWIN FALLS — The two-week filing period ended Friday for candidates in local 2018 elections.

The primary election is May 15. In each race, the candidate with the most votes for each political party will move forward to the general election in November. Independent candidates go straight to the general election.

Here’s a list of everyone who has filed:

Twin Falls County

Terry Kramer, a farmer from Castleford, is running for re-election to the Twin Falls County Commission District 1 seat. This district encompasses the western half of the county, including Buhl, Castleford, Filer and Hollister.

Kramer was first elected in 2006 and is running for a two-year term.

Also running for the District 1 commissioner seat is Brent Reinke, who lives a couple of miles outside of Twin Falls. Reinke has 28 years of public service in city, county and state government. He is a former director of both the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and the Idaho Department of Corrections.

Reinke was previously on the Twin Falls County Commission from 1994 to 1997. Both he and Kramer are Republicans.

Jack Johnson, a Republican serving District 3, has filed to run a four-year term. District 3 encompasses the eastern part of the county — including Kimberly, Hansen and Murtaugh.

Johnson is from Murtaugh and was first elected to a two-year term in 2016. He has more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement.

Kristina Glascock, a Republican, has filed for re-election as the clerk of the district court for a four-year term. She has been county clerk since first being appointed in 2003.

Gene Turley, a Republican, has filed for re-election to serve a four-year term as county coroner. Turley has been in the job since 2014.

Rebecca “Becky” Petersen, a Republican, 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, who retired in August. The county treasurer is elected to a four-year term.

Bradford Wills, a Republican, 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.

Jerome County

Ben Crouch will run against incumbent Cathy Roemer for the District 1 commissioner’s seat. Both are Republicans.

Two will challenge incumbent Roger Morley for the commissioner’s seat in District 3: John Crozier and George Panagiotou.

Incumbent Michelle Emerson will run for Clerk of the District Court. Current county assessor Rick Haberman and coroner Gerald Brant are also seeking re-election.

Minidoka County

Wayne Schenk and Carl Hanson are facing off for the Republican bid for the commissioner’s seat in District 1. The seat is held by Bob Moore, who is not seeking re-election.

Republican, Sheryl Koyle is seeking another term for the commissioner’s District 3 seat.

Tonya Page, also Republican, will run for the office of clerk. She was appointed to fill the remainder of Patty Temple’s term when she resigned last year.

Lavonna Staker, is seeking the seat in the treasurer’s office. Treasurer Laura Twiss is not seeking re-election. Janice West is running for assessor’s office. Assessor Max Vaughn is not seeking re-election. Both Staker and West are Republicans.

Cassia County

Randall S. Harris, of Burley, Leonard M. Beck, of Burley and Jeff Jarolimek, of Burley, will vie for the Republican nomination for the commissioner’s seat in District 1, occupied by Paul Christensen, of Burley, who is not seeking another term.

Christensen took office in January 1995.

Kent R. Searle, of Burley, is challenging incumbent Tim Darrington, of Declo, in the May election. Darrington holds the commissioner’s seat in District 3 and was elected in 2016.

Cynthia Moyle, of Burley, and Laura Greener will be facing off for the Republican nomination for the treasurer’s office.

Incumbent Patty Justesen is not seeking re-election. She was elected in 2010.

Joseph W. Larsen will seek re-election for third term as county clerk, Dwight W. Davis will seek another term in office of assessor and Craig Rinehart will run for the coroner’s seat. All three are Republicans. Davis was first elected in 2010 and Rinehart has served as coroner since 2010 when he was appointed to fill the remainder of a term.

Blaine County

Four people will compete for the District 1 commissioner’s seat: incumbent Larry Schoen, retired high jumper Dick Fosbury, Mick Halverson, and Debra Hall. Schoen and Fosbury are Democrats. Halverson is a Republican and Hall is running as an independent.

Meanwhile, District 3 commissioner Angenie McCleary, a Democrat, will face off against independent candidate Mickey Garcia.

Two will compete for the assessor’s seat: Jim Williams and Kyle Kunz, both Democrats.

Current coroner Russell Mikel, treasurer John David Davidson and clerk JoLynn Drage will run again unopposed.

Gooding County

Susan Bolton and Dennis Rogers will compete for the District 1 commissioner’s seat. Both are Republicans.

Ron Buhler and John Elliott, both also Republicans, will run for the District 3 seat.

Three will run for county clerk: incumbent Denise Gill, Crystal Spackman, and Gillian J. Minter. Gill and Spackman are Republicans; Minter is a Democrat.

Two candidates have filed for coroner: Jase Stockham and Ronnie Geer, both Republicans.

Treasurer Christina Wines and Justin Baldwin, both Republicans, will run again unopposed.

Camas County

Current commissioners Bill Davis and Travis Kramer, of Districts 1 and 3, respectively, will run again unopposed.

County clerk Korri Blodgett, treasurer Gayle Bachtell, coroner Wesley Walker and assessor Lynn McGuire are also seeking re-election.

District 5 Judgeships

Twin Falls County District Judge Eric Wildman, Jerome County District Judge John K. Butler, and Minidoka County District Judge Jonathan P. Brody are all seeking re-election.

Four will compete for the seat left vacant by the death of Judge Randy Stoker in Twin Falls: Samuel Beus, Theodore Booth, David W. Gadd, and Roger B. Harris.

Idaho State Legislature

District 23

Incumbent Sen. Bert Brackett, a Republican from Rogerson, will seek a seventh term in the District 23 Senate seat, having previously served two terms in the House. He will run against Mark Rhatigan, a Republican from Mountain Home.

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District 24

Sen. Lee Heider, a Republican from Twin Falls, will seek a fifth term in the Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. Heider will run against Jay S Waters III, also a Republican from Twin Falls.

Rep. Lance Clow, a Republican from Twin Falls, is seeking a fourth term in House Seat A. He is vice chair of the House Business Committee. Clow will run unopposed.

Four will compete for the seat currently held by Rep. Stephen Hartgen: Anthony Tompkins of the Constitution Party, Democrat Deborah Silver, Republican Rocky Ferrenburg, and Hartgen’s wife, Linda Wright Hartgen, who is a Republican. All live in Twin Falls.

District 25

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

Terry Edwards, a Republican from Jerome, will challenge Patrick for his seat.

Three will run for House Seat A, currently held by Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome: Laurie Lickley, B. Roy Prescott, and Glenneda Zuiderveld. All are Republicans from Jerome.

Rep. Clark Kauffman, a Republican from Filer, is seeking a fourth term in House Seat B. He will run against Lyle Johnstone, a Republican from Twin Falls.

District 26

Sen. Michelle Stennett, a Democrat from Ketchum, will seek a fifth term in the Senate. She is the Senate Minority Leader.

Also running for the Senate seat is Julie Lynn, a Republican from Ketchum.

Rep. Steve Miller, a Republican from Fairfield, is seeking a fourth term in House Seat A. He will run against Democrat Muffy Davis, a Paralympic athlete who lives in Ketchum.

Rep. Sally Toone, a Democrat from Gooding, is seeking a second term in House Seat B. She will run against Mike McFadyen, a Republican from Fairfield.

District 27

Sen. Kelly Arthur Anthon, a Republican from Burley, is seeking a third term in the Senate. He will run unopposed.

Rep. Scott Bedke, a Republican from Oakley, will also run unopposed for House Seat A. Bedke is seeking a tenth term in House Seat A. He is Speaker of the House.

Rep. Fred Wood, a Republican from Burley, is seeking a seventh term in House Seat B. He is chairman of the House Health & Welfare Committee.

Running against Wood is Kevin Williams, a Republican from Elba.

Governor

Steve Pankey, a Republican from Twin Falls, is the only Magic Valley candidate for governor.

Lieutenant Governor

Jim Fabe, a Democrat from Sun Valley, will run for lieutenant governor.

U.S. House of Representatives

Peter Rickards, a Democrat from Twin Falls, will challenge incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson for the District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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