Hoagland Defeats Arnold for 4th Judicial Judge

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Veteran trial attorney Sam Hoagland won the hotly contested race for 4th Judicial District Court judge, securing nearly 53 percent of the vote compared to challenger Rebecca Arnold—a corporate attorney and ACHD commissioner—who received just over 47 percent of the vote. More than 114,000 votes were cast. 

Hoagland will replace retiring 4th Judicial District Judge Mike Wetherell, who is stepping down from the bench after 11 years. Hoagland will fill a four-year term as one of 11 judges in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. 

Hoagland secured 52.3 percent of the vote in Ada County, 56.5 percent in Boise County, 59.5 percent in Elmore County and 55.6 percent of the vote in Valley County.

District judges preside over felony trials and lawsuits over $10,000.

The race between Hoagland and Arnold was the only one of its kind in the 4th District this year. The run-off was necessary because during a May primary election that included four candidates, no one was able to secure 50 percent of the vote.