Printed on: September 18, 2013

Big City Council races slated for Salmon, Challis, Mackay

By NATE SUNDERLAND
nsunderland@postregister.com

One of the more hotly contested mayor and council elections in eastern Idaho will take place in Challis on Nov. 5.

Incumbent Mayor Mark Lupher faces a challenge by former City Clerk Betty Horn for the city's top spot, according to the Challis Messenger.

Seven candidates are vying for two open at-large seats on the Challis City Council. Incumbents Terry Harrison and Meghan Kircher will square off against Michael Barrett, Gerald A. Haslam, Brian D. Sherrets, Robert Werner and Jon Winegarner.

The election also will usher in significant changes in other rural eastern Idaho towns.

Four candidates are running for two at-large City Council seats in Mackay. Incumbents Cindy Kimball and W. Jared Lambson face challenges by Linda Gentry and Wayne C. Olsen for each four-year post.

In Salmon, five candidates are seeking three at-large City Council seats. Incumbent James W. Baker is being challenged by Salmon Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Rob Jackson and trustee Greg "Farmer" Lowell. Political newcomers Luke Prange and Russell Chinske also are running for the council.

One-term Salmon Councilman Jesse Bender and two-term Councilman Jim Kluesner are not running again.

Ashton will elect two new council members. Ashton Planning and Zoning trustee Becky Harrigfeld and newcomer Tadd Atchley are running unopposed for two open at-large seats on the Ashton City Council.

One-term council members Brad Rankin and Stacey Dexter opted not to run for re-election.

There are no contested races in Dubois or Arco.

Two incumbents, Dubois Councilman Joel Billman and Councilman Camillo Serrano Jr., are running unopposed for two open at-large seats.

Incumbents Gene Davies and Travis Gilchrist also are running unopposed for two citywide seats on the Arco City Council.

Reporter Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.

Other elections

Open seats in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Blackfoot: tinyurl .com/PRelection2013

Rural Idaho Falls-area election candidates: tinyurl.com/PRruralraces2013

Upper Valley and Teton Valley city candidates: tinyurl.com/PRvalleyelections2013