Almost 60 percent of Idaho voters are Independent. Since Republicans closed their primary, these voters are now called “Unaffiliated,” recorded at your county courthouse during primary season.
I am one of these voters. I have struggled over the last two years figuring out these new rules, and I haven’t been alone. Primary voting has diminished in our state as a result of the closed primary.
Now the general election is upon us, and we are free to vote for any candidate. We unaffiliated tend to swing toward Republicans. This year we need to be more thoughtful when considering the incumbent candidacy of Sen. Jim Risch, Rep. Raul Labrador, and Gov. Butch Otter who are collaborating with Western Pacific Timber to legislate away nearly 40 square miles of public land in the fiasco known as the Lochsa Land Exchange.
Western Pacific Timber LLC has questionable underpinnings. Their ability to gain audience with the highest offices in our state should concern every Idahoan, especially given the staunch public opposition to the land exchange from the beginning.
Your vote this year may determine the integrity of both our public land and public officials. Vote for those candidates who reject the Lochsa Land Exchange.