Seven of the 35 new legislative districts approved unanimously by Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission today include more than two current House incumbents, but have just two seats - meaning if they want to remain in office, some of those incumbents would have to battle each other in the primary or general election. That's what makes redistricting such a politically thorny subject. The biggest House contest would come in District 8, which includes five current incumbents, including current House Speaker Lawerence Denney. Also in the new District 8: Reps. Carlos Bilbao, Judy Boyle, Ken Roberts, who is the assistant majority leader, and Steven Thayn.
Here are the other House contests set up by the new district plan:
District 5: Reps. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries; Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow; and Tom Trail, R-Moscow
District 14: Reps. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle; Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian; and House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star
District 16: Reps. Max Black, R-Boise; Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise; and Elfreda Higgins, D-Boise
District 23: Reps. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home; Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls; and Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry
District 24: Reps. Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls; Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls; and Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls
District 30: Reps. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls; Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls; and Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls