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.
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
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
Dan McDonald 4156
Carol Kunzeman 3264
McDonald will face Democrat Steve Lockwood, who was unopposed and received 1608 votes.
Donna Gow 3429
Dennis Engelhardt 2050
Richard Miller 1988
SCOTCHMAN PEAKS ADVISORY VOTE
Advisory vote in favor or opposed to wilderness designationL
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
Mike Boeck 3780
Heather Scott 5316
Ellen Weissman 1716
Bob Vickaryous 197
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 1 FOR STATE SENATOR
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.