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Kootenai County incumbents easily win Republican primary races; Bonner County commissioner loses re-election bid

Brett Surplus, left, is challenging incumbent Kootenai County Commissioner Leslie Duncan in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Idaho.

Incumbents in Kootenai County easily won their Republican primaries in Tuesday’s election.

With 100% of the vote counted, Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris easily defeated his challenger Mike Bauer, who also lost to Norris four years ago. Norris won with 80.9% of the vote.

County Commissioner Leslie Duncan took 67.7% of the vote, defeating real estate agent Brett Surplus.

In the Republican primary for the commissioner seat held by Bill Brooks, former County Commissioner Marc Eberlein, owner of Eberlein Fine Cabinetry, defeated three challengers with 39.8% of the vote.

The Bonner County Republican Central Committee endorsed candidates won their primaries.

Commissioner Steve Bradshaw lost his race against Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who won with 77.2%. Wheeler has been sheriff since 2008.

Meanwhile, Brian Domke won 54.3% of the vote for Bradshaw’s open commissioner seat, beating Brian Riley and James Burroughs.

Commissioner Luke Omodt lost his re-election campaign to Ron Korn, who won with 48.8%. Omodt had 38.6% and Dimitry Borisov had 12.6%.

Voters in West Bonner School District rejected a one-year $4.6 million levy.

In Boundary County, Travis Stolley won the primary for sheriff with 51.8%, beating Jon VanGesen and Dave Schuman. Sheriff Dave Kramer is retiring at the end of this term. 

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