By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Four county and three District 32 positions are up for election next Tuesday, besides a host of national and state offices.
There will be contested races for Franklin County Sheriff and Prosecutor. Two incumbent District 32 representatives will also face opponents.
Chief Deputy Dave Fryar, a Republican, is running for sheriff. He is being opposed by Alan G. Riggs, Fairview, a Democrat. Long-time Sheriff Don Beckstead did not file for re-election. His current term expires in January 2013.
Vic Pearson, who is currently the chief prosecutor for Bannock County, is running as a Republican for prosecutor. He was recently selected by the local Republican Central Committee to replace Todd Garbett on the November ballot. Garbett, who has been Franklin County Prosecutor for several years, was named as a magistrate judge, serving Bear Lake County.
Pearson will face Weston resident Tyler Olson, who filed as an Independent.
The other local open positions are for Franklin County commission posts for District 1 and 3. District 1 is a two-year position, while District 3 is for four years.
District 3 is being represented by Commissioner Dirk Bowles. He has filed for re-election as a Republican and is running unopposed. Boyd Burbank, also a Republican, is running unopposed in District 1.
Sen. John Tippets, of Bennington, is running unopposed in District 32. District 32 Rep. Tom Loertscher, Idaho Falls, is being opposed by Democrat Ralph Mossman, of Teton County. Rep. Marc Gibbs, of Grace, is being opposed by Democrat Bob Fitzgerald, Tetonia.
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