October 4, 2017
Traditionally known for low voter turnout, midterm elections this November are forecasted to see a sizeable bump in the ballot box from the average, according to national analysts, as a left-versus-right referendum on the Trump Administration, and for which party will control Congress. At the local level, absentee voting numbers from the Idaho County Election Office are bearing out the predictions.October 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County voters will encounter something new on the Nov. 6 ballot: two advisory votes, asked at the request of the Idaho County Commission. “This is an attempt to remove that doubt on how our constituency feels,” said Skip Brandt, chair for the Idaho County CommissionOctober 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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. And Phil Hart’s name is back on the ballot. Votes cast for him will be considered in the Dist. 7B legislative race.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Incumbent Paul Shepherd faces challenger Phil Hart, a former Idaho Legislator, in the upcoming Republican primary. Primary elections are May 15. No other parties have filed candidates in this race, nor have any write-ins. District 7 includes Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties. The Idaho County Free Press solicited information from each of the candidates concerning their qualifications and issues of the district.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Voters have a three-way race in the Republican primary for Dist. 7A Representative, between incumbent Priscilla Giddings, Shannon McMillan — who lost this seat to Giddings in the 2016 election — and newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence. Primary elections are May 15.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With about 35 percent voter turnout, Mountain View School District passed its $3,090,048 levy, the largest ever, by simple majority Tuesday, March 13. MVSD saw 1,081 yes votes to 954 no votes for a total of 2,035 votes, or 53 percent in favor of the levy. In 2017, the levy passed by 52 percent.March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With close of candidate filings last Friday, March 9, Idaho County races look to be uncontested, likely settled in the May 15 Republican primary, unless write-in candidates file to challenge by the March 30 deadline.March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We know our community cares about our kids, and I hope they will come out and vote ‘yes’ for the levy,” said Mountain View School District 244 chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. MVSD will ask patrons to support a $3,090,048 levy next Tuesday, March 13.March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
It’s a simple decision. ‘Yes,’ will allow us to maintain a no-frills system … a ‘no’ vote will further impact reductions,” said Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins. Kamiah will ask its patrons to pass a $500,000 levy next Tuesday, March 13.March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Deadline is this Friday, March 9, to submit petitions of candidacy for positions to be decided in the May 15 primary. Open at the local level are the following Idaho County positions: commission districts 1 and 3 (currently held by Skip Brandt and Denis Duman, respectively), clerk (Kathy Ackerman) assessor (James Zehner), treasurer (Abbie Hudson) and coroner (Cody Funke).March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Voting is under way for both the Mountain View and Kamiah school district’s levy elections. Last Friday, Feb. 9, the Idaho County Elections Office began sending mail-out absentee ballots to voters. On Monday, Feb. 12, absentee voting opened at the Idaho County Courthouse, which continues through March 9.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Sigler: "Cottonwood is a great place to call home and I am happy to do whatever I can to make it even better...."October 26, 2017 9:30 a.m. read more..
Maintaining a good quality of life, community safety and city infrastructure are issues in the Cottonwood City Council race. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Linda Nida and Daniel Sigler. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Candidates will be running for open White Bird city council positions in the Nov. 7 election. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Barbara A. Lowe and Paul Sand. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Rick L. Alley, John Collins, Jeff Mager, Michelle McNamee and Darlene Wadsworth.October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
City infrastructure, providing and managing growth, and providing for more and affordable housing are issues for candidates in the race for Grangeville City Council. A vigorous turnout this go-round has given Grangeville voters several choices to consider for three council seats, all four-year terms: Dylan Canaday, Dan Gautney, Todd McGeorge, Earl Musick, along with incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I bring real-world experience with a record of getting things done,” said Tommy Ahlquist. A Republican running in the 2018 Idaho Governor race, the Boise commercial developer and former physician made a campaign stop in Grangeville last Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his “44 Counties in 44 Days Tour.”October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Finding creative ways to maintain city infrastructure, and creating an atmosphere condusive to business growth are issues for candidates seeking open Cottonwood council positions. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Lynn Guyer, and incumbents Ron Grant and Pat Holthaus. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
How to manage city infrastructure and fund projects, and encouraging more public involvement are issues within the mayor race for the City of Stites. The mayor position is currently contested between incumbent Gerald “Gerry” J. Cathey and Rey Mireles. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Affordable housing and growth management, infrastructure and municipal services are several issues being raised by four candidates seeking the Grangeville mayor seat. Seeking the four-year position are Wes Lester, Lance McColloch, Danny Tacket and John M. Viknius. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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