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Kootenai County, already among the most conservative regions of the country, is about to lose its sole surviving Democratic elected county official. Longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English was defeated 60 percent to 40 percent by Cliff Hayes, the former Post Falls police chief. English had been Kootenai County’s clerk for 15 years.
A tumultuous election in Idaho led to high turnout and strong feelings, but the most-Republican-voting state in the nation was left little changed. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rallied to win a second four-year term, despite widespread concern about his decision to cut school funding and the failure of the major initiative of his first term, a big investment in the state’s roads.
One race for Kootenai County commissioner took an unexpected twist when current Commissioner Elmer “Rick” Currie, who was defeated in a three-way Republican primary, announced his write-in candidacy for the general election.