Election filings: Interparty challenges for three local legislative posts

Three Cache legislative posts will see an inter-party challenge in this year for the Republican nominations. Incumbent Reps. Jack Draxler and Curt Webb are being challenged by fellow Republicans, and in House District 4, Republicans David Butterfield and Teresa Theurer will vie to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Fred Hunsaker. Draxler in District 3 will be challenged by Elaine Nelson, a former North Logan City Councilmember. In District 5, Webb will be challenged by Providence resident Chuck Bateman for the GOP nod and in November by Democrat Paige Pagnucco. In other election deadline filings, Morgan Bowen, a Hyde Park resident who ran against U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop for Congress in 2008, again filed to challenge Bishop. Bowen is an LDS seminary teacher. North Logan resident Scott Bradley is the only Cache area challenger to U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, joining a field that includes Republican candidates Mike Lee, Tim Bridgewater, Merrill Cook and Cherilyn Eagar. Several Cache County government elected officials will run unopposed for new terms. Those officials include Sheriff Lynn Nelson, Clerk Jill Zollinger, Auditor Tamra Stones, Treasurer Karen Jeppesen and Attorney James Swink. County Executive Lynn Lemon will be challenged by David D’Addabbo of Nibley, and County Recorder Michael Gleed will be challenged by Stanley Palmer, a Providence resident. Paradise resident John Willis also filed to challenge County Assessor Kathleen Howell.

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