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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Hot Springs County attorney and Thermopolis mayor unseated

THERMOPOLIS – The unofficial results are in and the people have spoken, unseating Hot Springs County attorney Jerry D. Williams (R) and unseating Thermopolis mayor Mike Mortimore by a large margin.

 

November 7, 2018



THERMOPOLIS – The unofficial results are in and the people have spoken, unseating Hot Springs County attorney Jerry D. Williams (R) and unseating Thermopolis mayor Mike Mortimore by a large margin.

Independent Jill Logan received 1,399 votes to unseat Williams who received 821 votes in Tuesday’s general election.

Mike Chimenti received 754 votes to unseat Mortimore who received 467 votes.

Three seats on the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 board of directors were up for grabs with Jennifer Axtell retaining her seat with 1,111 votes. The other two seats were filled by new members Richard Engelbrecht with 1,089 votes and Ronda Freel with 1,142 votes. Also running were Kelli Odell-Bloedel who withdrew from the general election Sept. 28 yet received 158 votes. Kendi Heinza with 989 votes, Daniel Pebbles with 651 votes and Sherman Skelton receiving 909 votes.

Two seats were available for Hot Springs County commissioners with Thomas J. Ryan retaining his seat with 1,569 votes and newcomer to the position Jack T Baird with 1,254 votes. Democrat Sonja Becker received 858 votes.

For the four-year term of Thermopolis Council John Dorman Sr. with 729 votes and Tony Larson with 663 votes earned their seats.

Hot Springs County voters decided against the proposed conservation district tax on all assessed property in Hot Springs County to provide soil, water conservation and recycling programs with 1,175 votes against the proposed tax and 977 for the proposed tax.

East Thermopolis’s new mayor is Merle W. (Bill) Moore receiving 52 votes. His opposition Jack Kuiper received 38 votes.

Dolores Bush retained her seat on the East Thermopolis town council with 58 votes and Debra Lackey with 47 votes unseated Sybil Hannah who received 42 votes.

Two seats were available for the Hot Springs County Rural fire protection district. Stefanie Gilbert, unopposed received 1,689 votes and there were 153 write-ins for the second seat.

Unopposed candidates received the following votes:

— Mark Mortimore for Hot Springs County coroner with 1,946 votes.

— Jerimie Kraushaar for Hot Springs County sheriff with 1,457 votes.

— Rosemary Deseyn for Hot Springs County clerk with 2,112 votes.

— Julie Mortimore for Hot Springs County treasurer with 2,101 votes.

— Daniel Webber for Hot Springs County assessor with 2,023 votes.

— Terri Cornella for Hot Springs County clerk of district court with 2,017 votes.

— Sam Mead for Kirby mayor with 16 votes.

— Cory Walk and Kimberly Graham for the four-year term on Kirby town council with 16 votes each.

— Alberta Hurley for the two-year term on Kirby town council with 18 votes.

— Kevin Dickey with 1,629 votes and Jim Wilson with 1,397 votes for the Hot Springs County Conservation District.

— Lee A. Campbell for Hot Springs County Conservation District at large with 1,749 votes.

— John A Huckman with 1,460 votes, Basil Sorensen with 1,639 votes and Mary Jane Starnes with 1,470 votes for the Hot Springs County cemetery district director.

— Daniel L. Herdt with 1,446 votes, Melissa McCumber Johnson with 1,639 votes and Heath Overfield with 1,485 votes for Hot Springs County hospital district director.

 
 

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