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Don Cheatham

A candidate for State Representative, Position B, Republican Primary, Idaho Legislative District 3 in the 2016 Idaho Primary, May 17

Party: Republican

City: Post Falls, Idaho

Cheatham moved to North Idaho in 2012 after retiring from a career in law enforcement and homeland security, including 25 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, from which he retired as a detective. After retiring from the LAPD, he worked in security for Bank of America, and then worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. before retiring to North Idaho. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He was elected to the Idaho House in 2014 and is seeking a second term. He serves on the Judiciary, Local Government and State Affairs committees.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Peter Riggs (R) 1,441 50.02 %
Don Cheatham (R) 1,440 49.98 %

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