Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Voters Approve Sun Valley Airport LOT, Oust Mayors in Ketchum, Idaho City, Jerome, Filer and Grandview

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The cities of Hailey and Ketchum approved a measure which will boost their local-option taxes by 1 percent in an effort to lure more commercial air service to the Wood River Valley.

Hailey voters said "yes" to the tax by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent. Ketchum approved the measure by a margin of 64 percent to 34 percent . A 60 percent threshold was needed for passage. Sun Valley passed a similar measure in 2012, but that LOT increase could not go into effect until Hailey and Ketchum were also on board.

The big upset of the night in Blaine County was in Ketchum, where incumbent Mayor Randy Hall was ousted by challenger Nina Jonas. Jonas secured 851 votes to Hall's 429 votes.

Other election night winners in the Wood River Valley were:

Hailey City Council: Martha Burke

Ketchum City Council: Baird Gourlay and Anne Corrock

Sun Valley City Council: Pete Hendricks and Keith Saks

Voters in Idaho City voted out incumbent Mayor Jacqueline Bridwell who won 43 percent of the vote compared to challenger James Obland who secured 57 percent of the vote.

In the Magic Valley, incumbent Jerome Mayor John Shine was defeated by David Davis who secured 46 percent of the vote in a four-candidate race.

And in the community of Filer, voters turned out incumbent Mayor Robert Templeman who was defeated by challenger Richard Dunn.

In the Owyhee County city of Grandview, incumbent Mayor Opal Ward was defeated by challenger Franklin Hart.

In Valley County, Rob Terry easily won the race for city of Cascade mayor. Terry secured 73 percent of the vote to former Cascade Mayor Dick Carter's 20 percent.

Winners in the race for two seats on the Cascade City Council were Kathleen Hull and Troy Huckaby.

In the City of McCall, incumbents Laura Scott and Marcia Witte were joined by Robert Giles in their election to the McCall City Council.

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