He was 53.
Kidwell became the county’s first Republican sheriff in at least 40 years when he won the November 2012 special election to replace John Dunn, who retired after 26 years in office.
In 1993, he opened Star Computers in the Newport Shopping Plaza and first ran for office a year later for Campbell County Constable District 3.
A reorganization of the county party saw Kidwell's nine-year run as Chairman end in 2017. He was succeeded by Chairwoman, Sarah Cameron, who helped Kidwell organize the Presidential Caucus in March of 2016.
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"I am terribly saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing," said Cameron. "It is an unfortunate reminder of how fleeting life can be. This time two years ago, Jeff was planning the Campbell County Presidential Caucus. He spent many hours volunteering for the party. We express our sincerest condolences to his family."
Kidwell was succeeded by Mike Jansen in the primary election for sheriff in 2014.
Kidwell is survived by immediate family, wife, Susan and daughter Elizabeth Kendall.
|Jeff and Susan Kidwell at Gov. Ernie Fletcher's inauguration ball in 2003.|