After sparring on everything from voter access to Land Board policies, Democrat Holli Woodings and Republican Lawerence Denney were each given the opportunity for closing statements at today’s City Club of Boise debate.
“Well, that was a lot of fun - I haven’t debated since high school,” Woodings said. “As your Secretary of State, I will run a fair and honest office and will do so impartially.” She said she’d “work proactively to give all Idaho citizens an opportunity to participate in our democracy. … Let me make clear we can have electoral access and electoral integrity. They are not mutually exclusive.” She then announced a new smartphone app her campaign has developed and released to the public today; the free app, dubbed, “IdaVotes!” provides links to the websites of federal, state and legislative candidates in the user’s home district along with maps to polling locations and county election websites.
Denney said today’s debate was “a great opportunity.” He said, “As a lifelong Idahoan with experience as a farmer, miner, logger and businessman, I understand Idaho. I will leave my partisanship at the door. And I believe that there is a great example of how this can be done, and that was one of our predecessors, Pete Cenarrusa. Pete was a speaker of the House, and I can tell you that Pete was as partisan as they come as speaker. And I believe that I can follow in those footsteps and I can leave my partisanship at the door. I will work just as my predecessors have to safeguard the integrity of the office. … I will work to get the Land Board out of the pocket of private business and commercial real estate. … As the chief elections officer ensuring secure, fair and honest elecions will be one of my highest priorities.”