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Voters go to polls for May 15 primary; Hart back on ballot

Election: 2018 Primary



Primary elections are next Tuesday, May 15, for voters to be deciding on several District 7, state and federal races, as well as school district levies.

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For a complete list of contested and uncontested races in next week’s primary elections, view polling locations and sample ballots in this week’s Free Press,

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And Phil Hart’s name is back on the ballot. Votes cast for him will be considered in the Dist. 7B legislative race.

Last month, the Idaho Secretary of State struck Hart from the ballot, determining he did not meet the year of residency requirements for registry in Dist. 7, as stated in an April 24 letter to the candidate. However, the SOS reversed that decision in a Monday, May 7, e-mail to Dist. 7 county clerks, due to a similar situation involving Kathy Sims, a candidate in Dist. 5. The district court there issued a restraining order last Friday, May 4, requiring Kootenai County to stop marking Sims off the ballot and count votes for her.

“It was the decision of this office,” stated Timothy Hurst, chief deputy, Idaho SOS, “that both candidates be treated the same,” Hart’s name be no longer crossed off on the ballot, and to “count and report any votes he receives….”

Local and regional ballot decisions are as follows:

District Levies

Cottonwood Joint School District 242 seeks approval of a $325,000 supplemental levy.

Salmon River Joint School District 243 seeks approval of a $525,000 supplemental levy.

District 7 (contested)

The District 7A Representative seat is sought by incumbent Priscilla Giddings of White Bird, newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence of Kendrick and former Dist. 7A Rep. Shannon McMillan of Silverton.

The District 7B Representative seat is sought by challenger Phil Hart of Kellogg, and incumbent Paul Shepherd of Riggins.

Other races

Voters will be deciding in the Republican and Democratic primaries on several state and federal races:

U.S. Congress, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Controller, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Supt. of Public Instruction.


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