Candidates meet-and-greet with Chamber members

Nineteen candidates for five county and state officers introduced themselves to the members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
They are running for sheriff, the state House of Representatives, county prosecutor and two county commission seats.
Each had two minutes to briefly explain their reason for seeking their office. All are Republicans whose numbers will be winnowed in the primary election on May 15.
Bob Butler, one of the candidates for state representative Position A, formerly occupied by Dennis Lake, noted, "my engineering background would add to the legislature and the discussions on infrastructure such as roads and highways."
Mike Duff, another candidate for representative, made light of a mistake in the Morning News in which his photo appeared in an obituary for another man.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue spoke in behalf of Police Chief R. David Moore, who was dealing with a family emergency.
Julie VanOrden, a member of the Snake River School Board and of a farming family said she believes her knowledge of education and agriculture will be beneficial to her constituents.
"A lot of people will listen, but I want to hear," she added.
Neil Anderson, a former Blackfoot Chamber president, said, "my interest is in serving you. I think we can do good things for our community."
County commission candidate Steve Kauer was one of at least three who said they're running because of opposition to the county's new planning and zoning ordinance.
Ladd Carter, the incumbent in commission zone 3, noted that the county came in $5 million under budget.
He quoted Mark Twain in asking his opponents to use care in making charges or using innuendo in the race.
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please," he said.
The candidates for sheriff are incumbent Dave Johnson and emergency management director Craig Rowland. Incumbent J. Scott Andrew and Cleve Colson are running for prosecutor.
Jim Marriott said he is seeking to succeed himself in the state House.
Other candidates for commission include Mark R. Bair, Matthew T. Thompson, Barry F. Johnson, Merril Blake, Grant L. Thorson and Steve Cederberg.
The Chamber will sponsor candidate forums on April 24 and 26. They will be at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. One will feature the county candidates while the other will feature those seeking election to the House of Representatives.