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Idaho Primary: Meridian Trustees Recalled and No Clear Winner in Supreme Court Race

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Continuing a longtime trend, low voter turnout marked the Idaho primary election on Tuesday. That said, those who did show up to the polls made some big decisions.

In Meridian, the yearlong drama that has swirled around the West Ada School Board, which included allegations of broken open meeting laws and budget mismanagement, climaxed Tuesday when voters decided by a 2-1 margin to oust trustees Carol Sayles and Tina Dean. As required by law, both women received more votes for recall than they received when they were first elected.

"We heard a community who was ready to put an end to the politics and dysfunction that have overtaken our board during the past 10 months," said Christine Donnell, co-chair of the recall effort and former West Ada school superintendent.

In Ada County, two of the three seats of the county commission were up for grabs. Incumbent Commissioner Dave Case defeated a Republican challenge from former commissioner Sharon Ullman and Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson was successful in his Democratic primary. Thomson will face Republican Rick Visser in November's general election.

In Canyon County, Sheriff Kieran Donahue successfully fought back two challengers in the Republican primary. Donahue will face Constitution Party candidate Robert Muse in November.

The only race to appear on every ballot across Idaho on Tuesday was for the open seat on the Idaho State Supreme Court. Four candidates were on the ballot, but Idaho law requires the winner to garner at least 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters must face each other in November in a run-off. Twin Falls attorney Robyn Brody captured the most votes, followed by Curt McKenzie, a seven-term member of the Idaho Senate. Since neither received 50 percent, they'll be back on the ballot in November.