BURLEY — Cassia County voters chose two Republican candidates for commissioner seats May 15 and a Republican candidate for the treasurer’s office.
Minidoka County voters also selected a Republican candidate for an open commissioner’s seat.
In Cassia County District 1, Leonard Beck won the party bid for the Cassia County commissioner seat in District 1 with 2,246 votes, Randy Harris garnered 939 votes and Jeff Jarolimek trailed with 346 votes.
Cassia County District 3 challenger Kent Searle won with 2,084 votes against Incumbent Tim Darrington, who received 1,452 votes.
Laura Greener won the Republican nod for Cassia County treasurer with 2,326 votes over Cynthia Moyle who received 1,128 votes.
Minidoka County voters chose Wayne Schenk to represent the party in the November election.
Schenk received 1,447 votes and challenger Carl Hanson got 688 votes.
Searle, 65, is a farmer, dairyman and business owner who has been instrumental in the development of the county 911 system. He has served on various boards and has been an EMT and reserve sheriff’s deputy. He has served as a volunteer 911 coordinator in the county.
“I feel this is a great honor,” Searle said. “I have spent a lot of years working in Cassia County and have given it my all. It’s a wonderful place, and I’m kind of touched.”
One of the biggest challenges in the county is funding the services that are needed and wanted by county residents to ensure a progressive community along with planning for orderly growth and development and providing safety and security for residents, he said.
He plans to research and learn how other counties have addressed similar challenges and pledges to listen to the concerns of citizens.
Beck, 66, is a farmer who has held leadership positions in the community and promises to work with others to arrive at sound decisions to benefit all of Cassia County.
“I am truly overwhelmed at the support I received before the election and during the election,” Beck said. “Now it’s time to go to work with a united front. The focus of my race was seeing the county as progressive and I want to continue that.”
He said planning for industry and population growth is one of the biggest challenges facing the county along with continuing the joint law enforcement agreement and supporting youth education.
He said the key to future county success will be planning.
Schenk, 62, is a lifelong businessman and farmer in the county and has served on several boards and committees.
“I so much appreciate the support I received throughout Minidoka County,” Schenk said. “It’s humbling to think about it.”
Schenk has attended commissioner meetings for the last year to ensure he was informed on county issues.
“I wanted to fully understand the commitment and be fully informed so there wasn’t a lot of lag time catching up,” Schenk said. “I’m sure there is more to learn but I’m ready to work to make Minidoka County better for all of us.”
The challenges that he sees in the community are recognizing and planning for growth, which requires vision and a willingness to be proactive and take advantage of coming changes.
Greener, 46, was raised in Cassia County and said she knows the strength of the people in the community. She works in the treasury department as chief deputy treasurer and has been mentored by the current treasurer.