Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg appeared to be handily beating two Republican challengers in primary voting late Tuesday.
With 23 of 52 precincts reporting, Clegg had garnered slightly more than 60 percent of the vote. Former Sheriff’s Capt. Tom Dickson and Coeur d’Alene code enforcement officer Paul Telebar had slightly more than 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
That sets up a race between Clegg and Democrat Karl Thompson, a current sheriff’s captain, in November.
Kootenai County Clerk Dan English, 44, also was winning a landslide victory in his Democratic primary late Tuesday, earning 76 percent of the vote (with 23 of 52 precincts reporting) against challenger Monica Cole, 36, who owns a hydroseeding company.
In November, English, who has served in the job less than a year, will face the victor in a Republican primary race between Anita Banta and Lee Knowles that was too close to call.