Published 11/7/2012 in Local News : PoliticsBy ANGIE HAFLICH
Kearny County has a new county attorney.
Democrat Lori Jensen, who owns the Jensen Law Office in Garden City, defeated longtime Republican Kearny County Attorney Dennis Jones on Tuesday night.
Jensen received 795 votes to Jones' 521. Jones has been the Kearny County attorney for more than 20 years, so Jensen said she was both thrilled and surprised by the outcome.
"I thought I would do well. I thought it was going to be close. I'm not sure I actually expected to win," she said. "But I thought I would definitely be in the running."
Jensen worked for the Public Defender's office and then opened her private criminal law practice, Jensen Law Firm in Garden City, about a year and a half ago.
She said she was most surprised by her margin of victory.
"I got 60 percent, and he got 40 percent. I thought it would be much closer," she said. "I got every single precinct that was coming in except for one, so early on, I was starting to get really optimistic. But I didn't want to get ahead of myself, but I was doing good early on."
Jensen said she is thrilled by the victory.
Jones could not be reached for comment.
Found 7 comment(s)!
This new lady will put Dennis in his place. I assure you. We voted in the right person to cause a stir. She may be small but she has a lot of bite. Good luck to all the good old boys.
Posted by: dave on 11/12/2012
So are you saying that Hamilton Co is like Kearny has been for the last several years and the county attorney runs the commissioner meetings as well as try to break the taxpayers of the county. Would suggest finding someone to run against him next election as well as commissioners.
Posted by: noname on 11/11/2012
The Kearny Co. Commission is not the only group that acts this way. Hamilton Co. doesn't make a move without Rob Gale. He's everybody's attorney, constantly working both sides of the rope.
Posted by: Watching on 11/10/2012
The commissioners are great at creating phony jobs for certain people. Let's call this one County Supervisor and NOT have a salary deduction!
Posted by: Fed Up. on 11/8/2012
Don't celebrate too soon!
Indeed, the people finally had a legitimate alternative to vote for & their voices were heard!
Don't celebrate too soon, however, as I would wager that Dennis will have, if he does not already have, a position supervising, errr, consulting with the county commissioners before the year is out. I will never understand why a county will continue to reelect grown men that obviously can't function without Dennis holding their hands. I believe the tide is about to change, and in two more years if the commissioners can't function independent of Dennis then the citizens need to let their voices be heard again and get rid of a second commissioner!
Posted by: Just another resident on 11/8/2012
The people have spoken!!!!
Posted by: dave on 11/7/2012
What decisions can the Commissioners make without Dennis?
Posted by: Lakin Resident on 11/7/2012