3 seek election to open Bingham County Commission seat

By Scott Kraus, skraus@journalnet.com

Whoever wins the May 15 Republican primary vote for the District 3 seat on the Bingham County Commission will win the seat.

That’s because all three candidates for the vacancy created by District 3 incumbent Ladd Carter’s decision not to run again are Republicans.

So the primary winner, following the Nov. 6 election, will officially join the three-member commission in January.

The three candidates for the open seat are Jessica Lewis, Richard Stokes and Glenn Andersen.

Lewis, who lives in rural Blackfoot, says she isn’t focusing on any particular issue or agenda in her run for the commission, which currently consists of Carter, Mark Bair and Whitney Manwaring.

“I want to do all I can to benefit this community and plan to use my knowledge, education and skills to strengthen what is already in place,” said Lewis, 35, who’s a lifelong resident of Bingham County.

Lewis and husband Logan have two young children. Since 2010 she’s been an employee of Bingham County, where she’s worked as the consolidated elections clerk and administrative assistant to county commissioners. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Idaho State University in Pocatello and is working toward a master’s degree in public administration.

Meanwhile, Glenn Andersen of Springfield says that if elected, he would focus on four areas: job growth, education, representation and families.

“I want to see jobs grow in Bingham County so we don’t have to ship all of our kids and our families outside of Bingham County for jobs,” said Andersen, 59, who has six children.

Andersen worked as a sheriff’s deputy and patrolled Bingham County for over 25 years. He was an instructor for law enforcement and now works part time as security for the courthouse. He also serves on the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Board.

And Richard Stokes has lived in Bingham County most of his life and attended Idaho State University and Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City. The businessman believes the commission could operate more like a business. Stokes, who has five children and nine grandchildren, hopes to encourage rural development.

“I just thought I have some experience to offer my neighbors here in the county,” Stokes said.