As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.
In an email to The Spokesman-Review thislast week, the candidate said he is both a qualified resident and voter within District 2, and that any claim otherwise is “categorically false.” LeMasters provided The Spokesman-Review with a photo of his driver’s license, which was issued in 2019 and shows a South Hill address.
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The challengers supported by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee said they were each independent thinkers, bringing perspectives to the board that include fiscal restraint in expansion of the community hospital as well as skepticism about mandated COVID-19 vaccines for employees. The incumbents and a former chief of staff at the hospital have banded together in the wake of the party's recommendations not to elect them, running on their record of navigating the pandemic and against what they believe is an effort to inject politics into a nonpartisan board.