Primary election results favor both new and old

Scott, Woodward, McDonald, Bradshaw among winners; Scotchman gets thumbs down

By Reader Staff

Voters in the Idaho primary elections showed a strong independent streak even within their parties as they voted Tuesday for a mix of incumbents and challengers – a trend in both local Bonner County races as well as state offices.

2018 primary candidates at a forum sponsored by the Reader, SandpointOnline and KRFY 88.5 FM. Photo by Ben Olson.

In the statewide marquee races, for Governor Republican Brad Little won that hotly contested seven-way race; for Democrats, winner was Paulette Jordan over A.J. Balukoff. For U.S. Representative, Republican Russ Fulcher and Democrat Cristina McNeil were winners.

In the most closely contested statewide race, in the five-way Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin received 51,079 votes for 28.9 percent, little more than 1.5 percent ahead of Steve Yates, who received 48,221 votes for 27.3 percent. Get complete state election results for all offices at Idaho Votes.

That this election was of high interest among Bonner County voters was reflected in the turnout. A total 11,100 residents voted – marking nearly a 50% voter turnout and a whopping 60.9 percent increase over the last primary election. In the 2016 primary election, there were 6899 total votes cast of 22,152 registered voters.

Following are results for contested Bonner County races; these are unofficial results until canvassed.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT ONE – 2 year term
Republican:
Steven R. Bradshaw 3607
Glen Bailey 2946
Bruce Hollett 764

Bradshaw will face Democrat Patricia Wentworth, who was unopposed and received 1593 votes:

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT THREE – 4 year term
Republican:
Dan McDonald 4156
Carol Kunzeman 3264

McDonald will face Democrat Steve Lockwood, who was unopposed and received 1608 votes.

COUNTY ASSESSOR
Republican:
Donna Gow 3429
Dennis Engelhardt 2050
Richard Miller 1988

SCOTCHMAN PEAKS ADVISORY VOTE
Advisory vote in favor or opposed to wilderness designationL
Against 5672
In favor 4831

Following are results for races for District 1 Legislature, which includes Boundary and most of Bonner County.

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 1 FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE POSITION A
Republican:
Mike Boeck 3780
Heather Scott 5316

Democratic:
Ellen Weissman 1716
Bob Vickaryous 197

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 1 FOR STATE SENATOR
Republican:
Jim Woodward 4575
Danielle Ahrens 2251
Scott Herndon 1966

DISTRICT JUDGE to succeed Justice John T. Mitchell
John T. Mitchell 19,478
Douglas A. Pierce 11,733

Click to see or download a complete breakdown of voting in Bonner County by precinct for all races, including state races, uncontested races and precinct committee chairs: Bonner County primary results.

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