County seats go to Frasure, Tovey

November 9, 2016 GMT

In a national election year filled with controversy and surprises, it appeared that Bannock County voters have elected two Republican newcomers to the county commission — Evan Frasure and Terrel “Ned” Tovey.

With fewer than 50 percent of the vote total available at press time Tuesday, Frasure held a substantial lead over his Democratic opponent Roger Hernandez by about 8 percent of the vote.

Tovey was leading Democrat Linda Leeuwrik by 6 percent.

With 26 of 60 precincts reporting as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Frasure led Hernandez 10,031 to 8,739.

Tovey held a 9,163 vote lead over 7,960 for Leeuwrik.

In that election for the 3rd District seat, Libertarian Kevin Lee Perry had secured 1,451 votes or 7.81 percent of the total as of press time.

A high voter turnout delayed a total count for Bannock County in all the races on the ballot.

Frasure is a former Idaho state legislator who served from 1990 to 2002 and has been a history and government teacher at Century High School in Pocatello for the past eight years.

Tovey received his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and served in the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both of the candidates said the lack of planning for the future has been a problem in Bannock County and pledged to make strides to be more proactive as county leaders.