A Look at the County Primary Ballot

8 Mar

Lets take a look at some of the candidates that have signed up to run for county elected office on the August 2 primary ballot (found here).

  • As has been previously reported, former state rep Jeff Roorda (Democrat) is running for county council in District 4. He lost a state senate race to Paul Wieland in 2014. He may face off against incumbent Republican George Engelbach, who defeated another former state rep, Tim Meadows, to win the seat in 2012.
  • Engelbach, however will have to defeat a man named Flat Top (aka Tom Rorabacher) in the primary to advance to the general election:


  • TJ McKenna, latest in a line of local McKenna Democratic politicos, is making another run for office, this time as public administrator. He served a term as a state representative from 2012-14 until he was ousted by Becky Ruth.
  • He will be running against former local tea party leader Steve Farmer, who unseated incumbent Bruce King for the job four years ago.
  • Two non-establishment Republicans will be facing off in the primary for treasurer. Ken Horton, another former tea party leader who defeated the wife of county executive Ken Waller in the primary for treasurer four years ago before losing the general election by less that 2,000 votes, will face libertarian Mark Paul, who challenged Waller unsuccessfully in the county executive primary in 2014. It is unfortunate that these two have to run against each other instead of coming to some agreement to seek different offices.
  • Another candidate in the GOP primary for treasurer is Paula Wagner, who is current chief deputy in the treasurer’s office. On the Democrat side, Dorothy Stafford, who was unseated from her position as county auditor in 2014 in an upset by Richard Carter, is seeking the treasurer’s job.
  • JeffCo will have a new sheriff for the first time in many years as Glenn Boyer is stepping aside. Four candidates have signed up to run for his spot, and three of them currently work for the department: Democrat and current 2nd in command Steve Meinberg and Republicans Dave Marshak and Ron Arnhart. The other candidate is Sean Cooper, who lives in the county but is currently 2nd in command in the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Will voters want an insider or an outsider as the next sheriff?

3 Responses to “A Look at the County Primary Ballot”

  1. Kim March 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    We need a fresh “outsider” perspective … vote Cooper for Sheriff



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