SANDPOINT — Nearly 73 percent of Bonner County’s registered voters cast a total of 18,853 ballots in Tuesday’s general election.
In the local race for state offices, Republican Jim Woodward will replace Sen. Shawn Keough upon her retirement, and Reps. Heather Scott and Sage Dixon will continue to represent District 1 in the House.
In the race for District 1 state senator, Wood-ward and his opponent, Demo-cratic nominee Vera Gad-man, had garnered 11,349 and 4,360 votes respectively in the unofficial Bonner County results. In Boun-dary County, Wood-ward took the lead over Gad-man 3,482-765, for a District 1 total of 14,831 votes in favor of Woodward, and 5,125 in favor of Gadman.
“I appreciate the support from throughout Legislative District 1, and I look forward to earning and maintaining your trust as your state senator in Bonner and Boundary Counties,” Woodward said.
“We have a special place in our corner of Idaho. I will work to preserve our lifestyle and improve educational opportunities and infrastructure. For those I haven’t met, I look forward to the opportunity. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas or concerns.”
Gadman was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
Scott and her Democratic opponent Ellen Weissman vied for state representative, District 1A, with Scott leading at 9,599 votes to Weissman’s 6,126. In Boundary County, Scott garnered 3,077 votes to Weissman’s 1,138, for a District 1 total of 12,676 in favor of Scott, and 7,264 in favor of Weissman.
“I am honored the voters of District 1 have placed their trust in me, and look forward to representing their interests in the Legislature,” Scott said.
Weissman said the experience of running for office has been “wonderful.”
“I highly recommend it,” Weissman said. “I have learned a great deal and will continue to work for a better Idaho. The decisions of a few can affect many. We must stay involved and educate our youth to be more active. It makes a difference when you actually know who you are voting for, not just checking a ‘D’ or ‘R’ box. Thank you to all who supported me and congratulations to Heather.”
In the race for state representative District 1B, Dixon and Democratic nominee Stephen Howlett garnered 10,098 and 5,593 respective votes. Dixon also led the race in Boundary County with 3,129 votes to Howlett’s 1,151, for a District 1 total of 13,227 in favor of Dixon and 6,744 in favor of Howlett.
“I am humbled to once again have gained the trust of the voters of District 1,” Dixon said. “I look forward to continuing my practice of honest, responsible representation in Boise, and appreciate the support I have received. It is truly a privilege.”
Howlett said he would like to thank the voters and community for their support in his quest to represent District 1B in the House of Representatives.
“The results restated the direction Idaho voters want to go,” Howlett said. “The results tell me that with a 2-to-1 margin of votes, our objectives need to be prioritized and achieved in smaller and precise increments. I will continue to work for the adoption of Proposition 2. We have our work cut out for us in the next two years. My best to you all.”
In District 7, which encompasses a portion of south-eastern Bonner County in addition to Shoshone, Clearwater and Idaho Counties, incumbents for state senator and representative offices Carl Crabtree, Priscilla Giddings, and Paul Shepherd ran unopposed. The trio garnered 1,969, 1,939 and 1,936 votes respectively.
As for the statewide races, Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be the next governor of Idaho after taking 59.8 percent of the votes statewide, with his Democratic opponent Paulette Jordan taking 38.2 percent of statewide votes. In Bonner County, Little took the lead with 11,477 votes to Jordan’s 6,749. Constitutional candidate Walter Bayes and Libertarian candidate Bev “Angel” Boeck garnered 162 and 202 respective Bonner County votes, and write-in candidate Lisa Marie had no local votes.
In the race to replace Little as lieutenant governor, Republican Janice McGeachin took the win with 59.7 percent of the statewide votes to her Democratic opponent Kristin Collum’s 40.3 percent. Locally, McGeachin had 11,618 votes with Collum garnering 6,690.
In the race for District 1 United States representative, Republican incumbent Russ Fulcher took the win with 62.7 percent of the statewide votes over Democratic nominee Cristina McNeil’s 30.8 percent. Independents Paul Farmer, Natalie Fleming and Gordon Council, Libertarian W. Scott Howard, Pro-Life, the Constitutional candidate formerly known as Marvin Richardson, and write-in candidate Michael J. Wrath, garnered anywhere from 0 to 3 percent of the votes. Fulcher and McNeil were in the lead over the others locally as well, with 11,067 and 6,061 votes respectively.
Republican Lawerence Denney will continue to serve as secretary of state after garnering 62.5 percent of the statewide votes to Democrat Jill Humble’s 37.5 percent. In Bonner County, Denney led with 11,675 votes over Humble’s 6,397.
Republican Lawrence Wasden will continue as Idaho’s attorney general, garnering 65.4 percent of the votes statewide over his Democratic opponent Bruce Bistline’s 34.6 percent. Wasden garnered 11,846 local votes, with Bistline at 6,251.
In the closest race of the night for Idaho, incumbent Sherri Ybarra narrowly maintained her position as Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction. Democratic nominee Cindy Wilson had the lead as results poured in across the state, however the final results put Ybarra on top at 51.4 percent of the statewide votes, with Wilson at 48.6. Ybarra took the lead in Bonner County as well, with 11,372 votes to Wilson’s 6,766.
Proposition 1, an initiative seeking authorize historical horse racing at locations where live or simulcast horse racing occurs, did not pass with 53.8 percent of statewide voters against it. In Bonner County, the majority of voters were against it as well with 11,877 voting “no,” and 6,555 in favor.
Proposition 2, however, passed overwhelmingly with 60.6 percent of the state’s voters in favor of the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho. It was a narrowly approved among Bonner County voters with 9,867 in favor, and 8,717 against Medicaid expansion.
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