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Incumbents would face off in 10 districts

Under the new legislative district plan adopted on a unanimous vote today by Idaho's redistricting commission, there are some notable matchups created between incumbents, including some that already would have happened under the previous plan, and some changes.

Among the new contests: Senior Sens. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, and Denton Darrington, R-Declo, both landed in the new District 27, which means they'd have to run against each other if both wanted to remain in the Senate. Also facing potential face-offs with other incumbents: House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, and Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome.

Here are the districts with multiple incumbents under plan L-93:

In District 5, as before, there are three House incumbents and just two seats; the three are Reps. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries; Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow; and Tom Trail, R-Moscow.

In District 8, there are four House incumbents: Reps. Barrett, Bilbao, Roberts and Thayn. No longer in that district: House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who now lands in District 9 along with Rep. Judy Boyle; there's no incumbent face-off forced there.

In District 11, there are two incumbent senators: Sens. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, and Melinda Smyser, R-Parma.

District 14 has three incumbent House members and two seats; they're House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star; Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle; and Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian.

District 15 also has three House incumbents, Reps. Max Black, R-Boise; Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise; and Elfreda Higgins, D-Garden City, who earlier announced she doesn't plan to seek another term.

District 16 has two incumbent senators, Sens. Andreason and Bock.

District 20, as before, has two incumbent senators, Sens. Shirley McKague and Chuck Winder.

In District 25, Reps. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome; Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls; and Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls; all land in the same district.

District 27 has three House incumbents: Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley; House Resources Chairman Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert; and Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley. It also has two incumbent senators: Cameron and Darrington.

District 30, as before, also has three House incumbents, Reps. McGeachin, Simpson and Thompson.


Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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