Primary 2012: Two Opponents, Both Losers, Now Friends

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Brad Rowen came in third and ended up with 2,035 votes in his race for the first seat of the Ada County Commission (Jim Tibbs won by a landslide), but Rowen was quite happy with the outcome.

"What an amazing experience," Rowen told his Facebook followers. "Based on a cost-per-vote, that put me at about one-cent per vote received, which anyone in this racket will tell you is completely unheard of."

Rowen had raised a total of $21 for his campaign.

Rowen was one of the more unlikely candidates in this year’s primary. He's recognized in Boise as a party and wedding DJ, as well as a radio and television personality.

Rowen said he launched his campaign for Ada County commissioner when he noticed no one was stepping up to run for what he felt were the right causes.

“I just want to see politicians do the right thing,” Rowen said.

Rowen spent Primary Night hanging out with Steve Halvorson, who he considers a friend. That's unusual because Halvorson was also on the ballot for Ada County commissioner. He came in second with 4,133 votes. They both acknowledged that they fought for similar issues: less government and less taxes.

“We’d be thrilled if either of us won,” said Rowen.

In the end, they both conceded to Tibbs who secured 14,912 votes.

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