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District 7 Race Sets Up Possible First

There’s an interesting political experiment underway in Idaho’s new, sprawling 7th Legislative District that encompasses all of Idaho, Clearwater, and Shoshone counties and a slice of southeastern Bonner county. The “incumbent” in the state senate race is Sheryl Nuxoll (pictured), an accountant and farmer/rancher who hails from Cottonwood. As the Republican she has to be considered the favorite even though some consider her to be a single issue candidate. She has long been active in Idaho’s “Life” movement. Given how conservative Idaho County is, and how Catholic the Cottonwood/Greencreek area is her strong stance is a decided, perhaps even decisive, plus. Her opposition is a popular and talented three term Shoshone County commissioner, Jon Cantamessa, who runs a family grocery business in Wallace. What makes this race a political experiment is Cantamessa is running as an Independent. According to Idaho’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, an independent has never been elected to the Idaho Legislature/Chris Carlson, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.

Question: Have you ever voted for an Independent candidate? Can you remember who?

Extra! Rammell To Challenge McMillan

If the far-flung new Legislative District 7 wasn't enough to scare off state Rep. Shannon McMillan, this might. Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter just tweeted: “Rex Rammell has filed to challenge Rep. Shannon McMillan in the Republican primary!” I wouldn't wish a race against Rex Rammell on anyone.

Idaho County Joins Redistricting Suit

The Idaho County Commissioners Tuesday voted to join a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a proposed plan that reconfigures the state's legislative districts. The county joins Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, Shoshone and Clearwater counties that have hired Boise lawyer Christ T. Troupis to represent them against the state in the action. … The proposed plan groups Idaho County with Clearwater, Shoshone and the southeast portion of Kootenai counties. Idaho County Commission Chairman Skip Brandt explained the main reason for objecting to the proposal is the difficulty of traveling from one end of the district to the other/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: With so many counties, including Twin Falls in southern Idaho, protesting against the current redistricting plan, do you think this one's going back to the drawing board?

Kootenai Co To Fight Redistricting Plan

The Kootenai County Commissioners have asked Prosecutor McHugh on behalf of Kootenai County to join a lawsuit being filed by Twin Falls County challenging the redistricting plan that has been adopted by the state.  The Idaho Constitution states that the division of counties shall be avoided whenever possible.  The current map, L-87, removes the southeast portion of the county and combines it with Legislative District 7.  District 7 stretches from Kootenai County all the way south to include Idaho County.   Approximately 5,000 Kootenai County residents would be part of a district that will make representation very difficult/Kootenai County commissioners news release. More here.

Question: Do you support the commissioners' decision to join lawsuit against redistricting plan?

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