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GOP primary races settled in Luce County

August 8, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

NEWBERRY - Several Republican primary races for county offices were settled in Tuesday's elections in Luce County.

Incumbent county Sheriff Kevin Erickson handily defeated challenger Jeffrey Fossitt. Erickson garnered 1006 votes (69.6 percent) compared to Fossitt's 414 votes (28.6 percent).

In a race for county prosecuting attorney, Joshua B. Freed beat out Chad Peltier. Freed had 933 votes (64.3 percent) to 516 (35.6 percent) for Peltier.

A contest for county clerk found incumbent Sharon Price defeating Gregory Rathje. Price had 950 votes (65.8 percent) and Rathje got 493 votes (34.1 percent).

In a three-way race for county treasurer, current deputy treasurer Darlene Kisro bested Kristen Christiansen and Richard M Hakala. Kisro got 531 votes (37.7 percent), Hakala received 466 votes (33.1 percent) and Christiansen got 408 votes (29 percent).

A contested primary race for the county board's District 5 seat saw challenger Ron Ford beat out incumbent Phyllis M. French. Ford got 230 votes (58.7 percent) compared to 161 votes (41 percent) for French.

None of these races had Democrats running for the seats in Tuesday's primary.

The Luce County Clerk's office reported 36.5 percent of the county's 4,342 registered voters cast ballots in the election.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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