Longtime Madison County Assessor L. Brent Saurey was defeated Tuesday by challenger Shawn Boice.
Saurey received 30 percent of the vote, finishing last in the three-way Republican Primary race.
Boice and fellow challenger Sue Bagley received 39 and 31 percent, respectively. Boice will face independent candidate Sid Summers in the November general election.
The loss effectively ends Saurey’s 16-year career as county assessor. With the exception of one 4-year term in 2002, Saurey had served as assessor since 1995.
“It’s been a privilege to work for Madison County,” Saurey said. “I know there are some questions in people’s mind, but I have a clear conscience and I don’t regret anything I’ve done as county assessor. I accept the results and life
will go on.”
The 62-year-old is considering early retirement among his future options come January, when he turns over the reigns to a new assessor.
Boice, an Archer-area resident, never has held public office. He
has worked as a self-employed landscaper and business owner for more than 20 years. The 43-year-old attributed his win to voters wanting a change.
“This was more of a grassroots campaign,” Boice said. “I had a lot of key individuals in the county that helped me and worked hard with the campaign and we got a win.”