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STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

There’s going to be a new sheriff in town.

Morgan Ballis, a school resource officer at Wood River High School, ousted Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins in a tightly contested primary race Tuesday for the Democrat nomination for sheriff.

He will face Republican Aaron Hughston in November to see who gets to wear the sheriff’s badge.

Meanwhile, Democrat Lindsay Mollineaux handily beat Bellevue Mayor Chris Johnson to retain her seat on the Blaine County Commission.

Voters passed the Blaine County School District’s Supplemental Levy providing $1.85 million annually for two years to pay salary and benefits for kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, gifted and talented and summer school teachers. And voters also approved a $7 million Special Municipal Revenue Bond in Bellevue to improve the city’s potable water collection and distribution system.

In the contested District 26 races, Republican Mike Pohanka, who ran against District 26 A Rep. Ned Burns in the last general election, beat Kally Schiffler. He will run against Rep. Ned Burns in November. And current State Rep. Jack Nelsen beat out his Republican primary challenger Lyle Johnstone by 542 votes to 510. He will run against Democrat challenger Chris Hansen in November.

The results of contested elections in Tuesday’s primary:

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2-REPUBLICAN

Scott Cleveland 307, 27.17 percent

Sean Higgins 77, 6.81 percent

Mike Simpson 746, 66.02 percent

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 26 SEAT A—REPUBLICAN

Kally Schiffler 437, 42.34 percent

Mike Pohanka 595, 57.66 percent

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 26 SEAT B—REPUBLICAN

Jack Nelsen 542, 51.52 percent

Lyle Johnstone 510, 48.48 percent

BLAINE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1—Democratic

Chris Johnson 593, 18.07 percent

Lindsay Mollineaux 2,688, 81.93 percent

BLAINE COUNTY SHERIFF—DEMOCRATIC

Morgan Ballis 1,862, 53.55 percent

Steve Harkins 1,615, 46.45 percent

CITY OF BELLEVUE SPECIAL MUNICIPAL REVENUE BOND

In Favor Of 320, 69.41 percent

Against 141, 30.59 percent

BLAINE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 61 SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY

In Favor Of 3,571, 74.01 percent

Against 1,254, 25.99 percent

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