Credit: Free Press graphic
As of Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election.
Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.
Results are unofficial until canvassed by the Idaho County Commission next Tuesday, May 24. As of press time Tuesday night, May 17, with all 28 precincts reporting, results were as follows:
The race for District 2 Commissioner, Mark Frei of Grangeville received 1,750 votes and Rusty Bennett of Kamiah received 1,369. Frei will run uncontested in the Nov. 8 general election.
The race for District 3 Commissioner, incumbent Jim Chmelik lost to fellow Cottonwood resident Denis Duman, 1,157 to 2,014. Duman will face Democrat Jim Rehder of Cottonwood in the Nov. 8 general election.
Cottonwood Joint School District 242, patrons gave the nod on a $350,000 levy. Votes were 440 yes and 291 no. (Totals include only Idaho County votes.)
Salmon River Joint School District 243 in Riggins received approval for a $545,000 levy. Votes were 254 yes and 107 no. (Idaho and Adams county totals.)
In the District 7 Senate race, Idaho County went with Carl Crabtree, 1,732 votes, over Sheryl Nuxoll with 1,523. In the District 7A House race, Idaho County went with Priscilla Giddings, 2,224 votes, over Shannon McMillan with 881. In the 7B House race, Idaho County went with Paul Shepherd, 2,221 votes, over Kris Steneck with 740.
Adding in the votes from the rest of District 7, the unofficial counts were: Crabtree 2,504 to Nuxoll 2,383; Giddings 2,848 to McMillan 1,798; Shepherd 3,261 to Steneck 1,193.
Unofficial Idaho County voter turnout in the May 17 primary election was 41.59 percent. For comparison, voter turnout in the 2014 primary was 36.68 percent.