After a wild primary election cycle, disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Boundary County's results are in and we're one step closer to the general election in November. The final voter turnout was 45.8-percent.

In local races, Wally Cossairt, running unopposed to retain the Commission District 1 seat, garnered 2,117 votes. For District 2, Tim Bertling swept into office with 842 votes, Philip Sweet came in second with 559.

For Sheriff, Republican incumbent Dave Kramer took 2,219 votes to Democrat challenger Larry "Doc" Vandenberg, 253. Andrakay Pluid will step in for retiring Jack Douglas, running unopposed for county prosecutor and garnering 2,124 votes.

For U.S. Senator, Republican incumbent Jim Risch garnered 2,180 votes. Democratic challengers Paulette Jordan took 379 votes and Jim Vandermaas 51.

For U.S. House First District, Republican incumbent Russ Fulcher took 1,717 votes to Nicholas Jones' 445, on the Democrat ticket, Rudy Soto garnered 223 votes to Staniela Nikolova's 166.

For State Senator, District 1, Republican incumbent Jim Woodward garnered 2,205, running unopposed, Democrat Vera Gadman, who will face him in November, took 352. For Idaho House Position A, incumbent Republican Heather Scott, running unopposed, took 1,932 votes, Democrat challenger Gail Bolin, also unopposed, took 361 votes.

Incumbent Sage Dixon took the Republican vote with 2,030 to Gary Suppiger's 317; on the Democrat ticket, Steve Howlett, running unopposed, will challenge in the general with 407.

The Bonners Ferry Hydro bond passed by an overwhelming vote of 506 yes to 52 no.

For the full unofficial results, click here.


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at, which he launched in March, 2018.

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