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State Representative, Position B, Republican Primary

Election Results

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

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

Peter Riggs

Party:
Republican
City:
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

A North Idaho native who is president of Pita Pit USA, Riggs holds a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Idaho, and graduated from Lake City High School. He and wife Tyree have two sons, aged 1 and 4. He is the son of physician and former Idaho Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs. Riggs, who is making his first run for office, says he wants to focus on education and economic development. Riggs also says he's a gun rights and property rights supporter who wants to fight against federal overreach and keep Idaho as independent and self-sufficient as possible. 

Don Cheatham

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.

Complete Coverage

Cheatham denies using copy of official letterhead, says there are unnamed differences

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham got back to me this afternoon about his campaign letter on what appears to be a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, and vehemently denied that he used a copy of his official letterhead. Cheatham said there…

Idaho state rep sends campaign letter on what appears to be official letterhead

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham has sent out a campaign letter on a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, raising questions about use of official letterhead in a political campaign.

Rep. Cheatham’s campaign letter on what appears to be copy of official House stationery raises questions

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham has sent out a campaign letter on what appears to be a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, raising questions about use of official letterhead in a political campaign; you can see the letter here. Cheatham’s letter includes a disclaimer at…

Primary is only contest in matchup between Cheatham, Riggs for Idaho’s District 3

First-term state representative and area newcomer Don Cheatham says he was motivated to become an Idaho legislator to “give back” after a career in law enforcement in southern California and work in homeland security in Washington, D.C., and that’s also why he’s seeking a second term in the Idaho House. “I want to give something back to my community,” said Cheatham, 70, who moved to North Idaho in 2012 with his wife Lynn. Peter Riggs, 36, a North Idaho native, is running against him; with no Democrats running, the winner of the GOP primary will take the office.

House approves public records exemption bill

The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.