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Boundary County, Idaho, General Election 2018 Voter's Guide

Boundary County 2018 General Election Results

The Boundary County Races ~ The State Races ~ The Proposed Initiatives

November 6 General Election Sample Ballot

Wally Cossairt County Commissioner
Stephen Howlett
Jeannie Robinson
Boundary County Primary 2018 Election Results
Welcome to the Boundary County Election 2018 Voter's Guide.

Our goal is not to endorse any candidate, but to provide readers with information they can use to make an informed decision when they go to the polls during the 2018 election cycle.

We invite information from every candidate whose name will appear on a 2018 Boundary County General Election ballot, to include photos.

These materials can be emailed to
[email protected]
or mailed to
Mike Weland, Publisher
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

Voting in Boundary County
Notice is hereby given that the following locations, by precinct, are designated as polling sites for the election to be held November 6, 2018, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, County of Boundary:

  • BF/Kootenai, Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds, 6550 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry
  • Copeland, Mount Hall School, 1275 Highway 1, Bonners Ferry
  • Moyie Springs, Moyie Springs City Hall, 3331 Roosevelt Road, Moyie Spring
  • Naples, South Boundary Fire Station #1, 20 Stagecoach Road, Naples
  • North Bonners Ferry, Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds, 6550 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry
  • Valley View, Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds, 6550 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Political Parties
  Constitution Democrat Green Independent Libertarian Republican

The Boundary County Races

There are three County Commissioner Districts, each with a commissioner to represent them, but voters county-wide vote for each county commissioner.
To see the Boundary County Commission District map, click here.

County Commissioner District 3 (Four Year Term)

Currently held by Dan Dinning
Dan R. Dinning (R), Bonners Ferry  

County Commissioner District 1 (Two Year Term)

Currently held by LeAlan Pinkerton
Wally L. Cossairt (R), Bonners Ferry, was born and raised in Boundary County. After graduating from Bonners Ferry High School, he worked in the local timber industry for 30 years. He is currently a truck driver and an active member of the Bonners Ferry P&Z Commission.
Jeannie Robinson (D) Bonners Ferry, grew up, graduated from Bonners Ferry High School and raised her family in Boundary County. In addition to working at the J.C. Penney store and for Dr. William McCreight, she was employed for 17 years as a district court clerk deputy, retiring from the City of Bonners Ferry.

County Clerk

Currently held by Glenda Poston
Glenda Poston (R), a native of Bonners Ferry, was appointed Boundary County Clerk in March, 2004, and won election later that year and each election thereafter. Glenda serves on the Boundary County Fair Board, and on the Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission.

County Treasurer

Currently held by Susan M. Larson
Sue Larson (R) Bonners Ferry, is a life-long resident of Boundary County. She graduated from Bonners Ferry High School and received an associate's degree from Lewis Clark State College. She worked at Sims Implement for 20 years and eight years iat Louisiana Pacific/Riley Creek.

County Assessor

Currently held by David Ryals
David A. Ryals (R), Bonners Ferry, was born and raised in Bonners Ferry, graduating from Bonners Ferry High School in 1972. He graduated from Kinman Business University in 1976. He has served as Boundary County Assessor, an office his late father held for years, since 1998.

County Coroner

Currently held by Mick Mellett
Mick M. Mellett (D) Bonners Ferry  

The State Races

Idaho State Senate District 1

Vera Gadman (D), Hope  
James W. "Jim" Woodward (R) Sagle, grew up in Bonner County and Boundary County, and having lived here more than three decades, he wrote, he's had the opportunity to learn, work and play here. His Idaho education laid the foundation for a career in the Navy.

Idaho State House of Representatives District 1A

Heather Scott (R) Blanchard, originally from Ohio, and her husband, Andrew, have been living their American dream in North Idaho for the past 18 years. Over the last decade, Heather has become acutely aware of increased governmental intrusions into her rural lifestyle.
Ellen Weissman (D) Sandpoint Ellen Weissman (D), Sandpoint, has lived in Bonner County for over 25 years and raised a daughter there. She also has a step-daughter. For the past four years, Ellen has been executive director of the Sandpoint Senior and DayBreak Centers after many years of teaching.

Idaho State House of Representatives District 1B

Sage Dixon (R) Ponderay,  is a second term member of the Idaho House of Representatives, serving on the House Appropriations, Transportation and Defense and Business Committees. He has been chairman of multiple sub-committees, and has successfully carried numerous pieces of legislation.
Stephen F. Howlett (D) Bonners Ferry, works in the construction industry and is owner of Stephen Howlett Remodeling. He’s a small business owner who sees the current elected representatives as representing a tiny group that tears down rural communities with fear and division.

U.S. House of Representatives 1st District

Gordon Counsil (I) Caldwell  
Paul Farmer (I) Meridian  
Natalie M. Fleming (I) Fruitland  
Russ Fulcher (R) Meridian, 55, is a fourth-generation Idahoan who wants to empower Idahoans. He wants Idaho to be a great place to start a business, get a job, and raise a family. He is deeply concerned about the overreach of the federal government.
W. Scott Howard (L) Post Falls, grew up around the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene metro area and has lived in this area all his life. When he was younger, he volunteered his time and energy at the local food bank, helping those in need in the community.
Christine McNeil (D), Boise, Christine McNeil (D), Boise, comes from a family of 10. Started her passion for helping others over 12 years ago, when she became a member of Idaho Community Action Network. She is involved with many organizations, including the Alliance for Justice.
Pro-Life (C) Letha  

Idaho Governor

  Walter L. Bayes (C) Letha  
Bev "Angel" Boeck (L) Boise  
Paulette Jordan (D), Plummer, was an Idaho State Representative serving District 5, House Seat A. She is a graduate of Gonzaga Preparatory in 1998 with honors, a graduate of University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in communications, comparative literature and American Indian studies.
Brad Little (R) Emmett, knew he wanted to be part of his family’s southwestern Idaho ranch even as a boy. Idaho’s 42nd Lieutenant Governor admits he came to politics accidentally. He grew up in Emmett working on the sheep ranch ran by his father and started by his grandfather.

Lieutenant Governor

Kristin Collum (D), Boise, is a U.S. Army veteran, a mother, a tech leader, and a long-time Idaho resident. She seeks to give Idaho a progressive choice who will be a voice for all Idahoans – especially women, our children, and minorities unheard and under-represented.
Janice McGeachin (R) Idaho Falls, is a former state representative and a successful business owner from Idaho Falls. She and Jim McGeachin, her husband of 30 years, own and operate three businesses in the automotive industry, with stores in Idaho Falls and Boise.

Attorney General

Bruce S. Bistline (D), Boise  
Lawrence Wasden (R) Nampa, is Idaho's 32nd Attorney General. He was elected to a fourth term on November 4, 2014, and is Idaho’s longest-serving Attorney General. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Deputy Attorney General.

Secretary of State

Lawerence Denney (R) Midvale, Lawerence Denney (R) Midvale,  was born in 1948 in Adams County. He was raised in Midvale on the family farm and attended Midvale schools, graduating in 1966. He entered the Army after graduating from college and headed straight to Vietnam.
Jill Humble (D), Boise, a mid-west transplant with career-proven experience with 200-plus large healthcare systems revamping patient safety systems while preventing deaths and disabilities; this involved understanding and changing numerous complex systems.


Julie A. Ellsworth (R), Boise, grew up in Idaho and is a life-long Republican. She and her husband raised their family here and enjoy watching their grandchild grow and thrive in our state. She served 12 years in the Idaho House of Representatives, where she was a trusted fiscal conservative.


Brandon Woolf (R) Boise, said that as State Controller and the chief financial officer for the State of Idaho, he's committed to being fiscally responsible, making our government more transparent and ensuring every cent of your tax dollars is accounted for in accordance with the law.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Cindy Wilson (D), Meridian,  is an Idaho native, born in Preston, who received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boise State University. In her 33 year teaching career, she has taught in both urban and rural school districts from Orofino Boise, where she is retiring from teaching this year.
Sherri Ybarra (R) Mountain Home,. Sherri Ybarra (R) Mountain Home, said it has been her honor to serve as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and that she is thrilled for the opportunity to continue to a second term to create a bright future for our students and Idaho.

The Proposed Initiatives

Medical Marijuana: An initiative establishing a medical marijuana program for qualifying patients and to protect participants from criminal prosecution and civil sanction.
Prohibiting Abortion: An initiative prohibiting abortion and making its performance or procurement murder of the first degree.
Expand Medicaid: An initiative to provide that the State shall amend its State plan to expand Medicaid eligibility to certain persons.
Horse Racing: An initiative authorizing historical horse racing at certain locations where live or simulcast horse racing occurs and allocating revenue therefrom.
General Election
November 6, 2018,
polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Results will be posted by KV Times staff as returns come in ... stay tuned!
Important General Election Dates
November 2: Last day for early voting for the general election.
November 6: Last day to return absentee ballots to the county clerk’s elections office by 8 p.m. General election -- polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.