by karla pomeroy
Big Horn County Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen edged Linda Harp with 52 percent of the vote Tuesday night to apparently win re-election to his seat.
Ewen was elected to the commission four years ago and with no Democratic candidate, barring an unforeseen write-in, will be unopposed for the General Election in November. Ewen received 1,339 votes of the 2,564 votes cast in the commission race.
He said, “I’m pleased with the results and look forward to another four years. I was also pleased with the race. It was clean and stayed with the issues. I look forward to working on the things we’ve been working on including the BLM Resource Management Plan, dealing with federal land management agencies and refining and streamlining the budget.
“I’m very thankful to all those who supported me during the election and the last four years.”
Ewen won 10 precincts — 225-175 in Basin, 33-26 in Otto, 29-12 in Emblem, 45-3 in Hyattville, 43-29 in Manderson, 254-238 in Greybull, 76-56 in Shell, 98-49 in Byron, 28-21 in Deaver and 28-14 in Frannie.
Linda Harp received 1,225 votes. She said, “It was a good race.” Harp won three of the 13 precincts. She edged Ewen 116-44 in Burlington, 362-348 in Lovell and 124-88 in Cowley.
Totals are unofficial until the canvassing board meets to certify the results later this week.