Jensen springs upset of Jones in Kearny County attorney race

11/7/2012

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

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.

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