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Volume 8, Number 22 - August 21, 2008
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Skinner, Linn To Vie For Open Commission Seat

by Tiffany Turner

Although much of the ballot at Sublette County’s Primary Election contained uncontested races, there were several on both the state and local levels where Tuesday’s votes truly determined who would be listed on the General Election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Voter turnout was low this year for Sublette County, with only 1,626 ballots cast from a pool of 3,383 registered voters. Sublette County remains a Republican majority with 2,675 registered Republicans compared to 425 registered Democrats and 277 non-partisan voters. Of those registered to vote, 1,055 Republicans, 125 Democrats and five nonpartisans made it to their ballot boxes in Sublette County, which put voter turnout at approximately 48 percent.

This is a very similar turnout to the 2006 county primaries, which had 1,867 ballots cast out of 3,927 registered voters.

County Commission

The much-contested open seat on the County Commissioners’ board resulted in incumbent John Linn winning the Republican nomination and Courtney Skinner receiving a majority of votes for the Democratic Party. Skinner received just over 56 percent of the Democratic votes (80 votes), while Linn accumulated 43 percent of the votes in his party, a total of 634 votes. Neither Skinner nor Linn was available for comment at press time.

Rural Health Care

Running unopposed for the two vacant Rural Health Care District positions were Cindy Van and Richard Kalber. Kalber received 888 votes (45 percent), Van received 1,050 (53 percent) and 28 write-ins were recorded.

Republican Precinct Committeemen

Pinedale 1-1
Dave Lankford, 257
Bob Rule, 62
Pinedale West 1-3
Ed Wood, 191
Don Moritsch, 78
Boulder 1-4
Tad Essington, 57
Sam McClure, 80
Big Piney 2-1
Lee Shafer, 230
Marbleton 2-2
Garry Eiden Jr., 96
Cora 4-1
Eric Marincic, 62
Bart Myers, 30
Daniel 4-2
Fred Pape, 108
Bondurant 5-1
William Cramer, 55

Republican Precinct Committeewomen

Pinedale 1-1
Laurie Latta, 235
Karen Rule, 75
Pinedale West 1-3
Debbie Vickrey, 248
Boulder 1-4
Cassie Essington, 53
E Katie McClure, 86
Big Piney 2-1
Nancy Espencheid, 158
Donna Shafer, 89
Marbleton 2-2
Trena Eiden, 85
Marbleton North 2-4
Cat Urbigkit, 31
Cora 4-1
Laura Marincic, 81
Daniel 4-2
Michelle Pape, 110
Bondurant 5-1
Martha Seipp, 57

Democratic Precinct Committeemen

Marbleton 2-4
Jim Urbigkit, 1
Pinedale 1-1
Betty Auld, 39
Pinedale West 1-3
Susan Kramer, 18

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