Emily Walton, a political activist who has helped more than a few politicians win their elections, was a victor herself in Tuesday night's election, and she defeated a tough political veteran.
Walton handily won a seat on the board of trustees at the College of Western Idaho. Her formidable opponent was none other than recently retired Idaho House veteran Darrell Bolz
. Incumbent Gordon Browning was also on the ballot.
Walton secured 58 percent of the vote to Bolz's 21 percent and Browning's 21 percent. Nearly 120,000 votes were cast in the CWI election. Walton is expected to be sworn in at the December meeting of CWI trustees. Trustee Stanley Bastian ran unopposed to retain his seat on the board.
In the community of Notus, supporters of a school bond were unable to secure a two-thirds super majority. This is the second time in less than three months that the Notus school bond has gone down to defeat. School officials say one of their elementary schools, built in 1926, is in desperate need of being replaced.
In the Payette County community of New Plymouth, a new fire district levy went down to defeat, again unable to secure a super majority. Nearly 65 percent of voters agreed to the levy to help fund new firefighting equipment, but it was still shy of the necessary 66.7 percent super majority. It's the second time the levy has failed.
In Boise County, voters approved a nonbinding advisory question that would allow county officials to seek legal gambling. The proposal secured 56 percent of the votes with nearly 1,500 votes cast. Voters agreed that the county should pursue an amendment to the Idaho Constitution that could allow limited gaming in Idaho City, Horseshoe Bend, Crouch and Placerville.
In Custer County, an overwhelming majority—90 percent—rejected a nonbinding advisory that would support the Boulder-White Clouds in becoming a national monument site.
And in Fremont County, again an overwhelming majority—92 percent—rejected a similar advisory that would support Island Park in becoming a national monument.