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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010, 8:04 A.M.

4 Run To Fill Clark’s Legislative Seat

The hottest legislative race in North Idaho this spring is the four-way contest for the House seat in District 3 that’s opening up due to seven-term Rep. Jim Clark’s retirement. The matchup between the four candidates, all of whom are actively campaigning, is the final chapter in this story – no Democrat has filed for the seat, so the GOP primary winner on May 25 will be the district’s new representative in Boise. And with the typically very low turnout in Idaho primary elections, there’s no telling what could happen in the race between Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Jeri DeLange of Hayden, Fred Meckel of Rathdrum and Duane Rasmussen of Hayden. “It’s going to be kind of fun to watch – somebody could win with 30 percent of the vote, 30 percent of the 15 percent who show up to vote,” said Clark (pictured), who’s not endorsing any of the candidates but says he thinks there are “a lot of good-quality people in the field.”

Question: Who do you want to win state Rep. Jim Clark's House District 5 seat -- Vito Barbieri, Jeri DeLange, Fred Meckel, or Duane Rasmussen? Why? (Bonus Question: Do you think Jim Clark did a good job as an Idaho legislator?)

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