In other political races in North Idaho, several seats were determined in the primary election for county seats, such as the District 2 commissioner position in Boundary County, where incumbent Walt Kirby was winning with 44 percent of the vote, with former Commissioner Kevin Lederhos close behind with 41 percent and Tom Vinion trailing with 15 percent.
In another close race in the Panhandle’s northernmost county, former Sheriff Greg Sprungl regained his seat from George Voyles, who ousted Sprungle four years ago.
Here are the results from Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties:
County Commission: Republican incumbent Walt Kirby will take the District 2 seat after a close victory Tuesday night over Kevin Lederhos, a former commissioner who initially led by a nose with 104 votes compared to 94 held by Kirby. Tom Vinion was far behind with 18 votes. The final count showed Kirby with 968 votes, just 61 more than Lederhos’ 907. Vinion took home 316 votes.
Sheriff: Republican Greg Sprungl will retake his post as sheriff. Sprungl snagged 785 votes with George Voyles just 23 votes shy at 762. Jeff Ennis wasn’t far behind with 686 votes.
Prosecutor: Republican incumbent Prosecutor Jack Douglas will remain county prosecutor. Voters selected Douglas over Tim Wilson early on, with 134 votes over Wilson’s 78, and Douglas’ lead continued to grow. He took the primary with 1,273 votes compared to Wilson’s 892 votes.
Sheriff: Democrat incumbent Chuck Reynalds will more than likely hold his post as Shoshone County sheriff. Nearly two-thirds of voters were backing him in early returns. With 17 of 19 precincts reporting, Reynalds took 1,450 votes – well over opponent Bob Nelson’s 536 votes.
Commission: Republican J. Russell Lowry will replace Dave Johnson, who didn’t run for a second term. Lowry was an early favorite and nabbed 359 votes with nine of 11 precincts reporting. Lowry’s lead was well above opponent Phil Sergent’s 192 votes.
Sheriff: Republican Robert Loe will face Democrat Robert Kirts in the November general election. Loe was in the lead for the Republican primary with 441 votes, where Dave Resser rounded up 203 votes. Robert Kirts took the Democratic primary with 445 votes, well over Larry Sotin’s 254 votes.
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