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Here's a news item from the Associated Press: SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Former state Sen. Joyce Broadsword has decided to step away from her seat on the Bonner County Commission to take an administrative position with a state agency.Broadsword announced Tuesday plans to resign from the commission, less than one month after being sworn into office. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/VgfNcv ) that she has accepted a position as regional director with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The regional office covers 10 northern Idaho counties. Broadsword served four terms in the Idaho Senate and ascended to vice chair of the chamber's Health and Welfare Committee. She decided not to seek re-election last year, opting instead to run for county commissioner. Broadsword knocked off incumbent Cornel Rasor in the Republican primary then beat independent Steve Johnson in November.
Click below for the full announcement from the state Department of Health & Welfare.
Continuing the statewide trend of more-moderate Republicans winning in yesterday's GOP primary, Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, defeated Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor, and Broadsword will become a Bonner County commissioner, as no Democrats filed for the seat. Rasor is the current chairman of the Bonner County Republican Central Committee. Broadsword, a log home company owner, is a fourth-term state senator.
Rasor is a tea party backer and property rights activist who declared on his re-election website, “Zoning and owning are incompatible.” As commission chairman, he hired local tea party leader Pam Stout to coordinate a controversial county “Property Rights Council.” As central committee chairman, he sent a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010 seeking Arizona license plates to decorate the GOP central committee's county fair booth, after members objected to the fair's “fiesta” theme, saying decorating to the theme might be mistaken for a weakening of their resolve that English should be the primary U.S. language, or their support for cracking down on illegal immigration.
Broadsword got 2,857 votes, 51 percent, to Rasor's 2,744 votes, 49 percent.