Primary upsets; challengers talk about beating incumbents

Primary upsets; challengers talk about beating incumbents

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 1:44 PM

ADA COUNTY --The conclusion of Idaho's Primary marks the start to the General Election in November and after last night's election results-- there's going to be a shake-up in some of Idaho's top political seats.

In Ada County, the seat for county commissioner in seat 3 was grabbed by not the incumbent, but a challenger; Dave Case.

Wednesday, Case was seen in Meridian gathering his election signs. Candidates have 24 hours to get their signs out of the ground after the primary.

KTVB caught up with Case to ask him a few questions about the election and his plans for the November election.

“The biggest issue in the campaign was obviously the Dynamis waste energy project, which I opposed,” said Case.

Dynamis, an idea to turn waste into energy at the Ada County landfill remains controversial.

Commissioner Ullman approved the idea but Case believes the public wanted their voices heard on the issue.

“I think that the fact that they felt left out of that was a big one for them,” he said.

Going forward, Case said he plans to listen to those concerns, “I think that they liked the message that I put out and I am hoping that is the reason we pulled this over the top.”

Case said he will throw his hat into the ring for a temporary replacement for retiring Ada County Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt. Due to illness, Bisterfeldt announced May 4th he was planning to retire.

Thursday the Republican Central Committee will choose three nominations to serve on the committee for the remainder of Bisterfeldt’s term, which ends in January.

Then, Governor Butch Otter will choose a temporary replacement from the three nominations.

In Canyon County, commission winner Craig Hanson, who also works for the Canyon County Sheriff’s Department was dismantling over 300 yard signs Wednesday.

“I want to do the good job,” said Hanson. “I want to provide new leadership I want to provide new direction I want to truly address fiscal responsibility.”

He also defeated an incumbent, David Ferdinand who has served on the Canyon County Commission for years.

Hanson as of now does not face an opponent in the November general election and is hoping for a smooth transition onto the commission. 

In regards to the primary election, Hanson said voters wanted a change in leadership and he plans to fix the overcrowding Canyon County jail.

“I think that with the aspect that I have accepted this position,” said Hanson. “It’s not a matter of if I will try to tackle it; it’s a matter of something that has to be tackled.”

He also told KTVB Wednesday, he will also deliver fiscal responsibility to the county.

“The goal is to be realistic in what the county can provide with the revenue resources we have without putting more taxes on our citizens and that is what the goal is,” said Hanson.

Both incumbents, Sharon Ullman and David Ferdinand emailed statements to KTVB regarding their election losses; below are the statements.

 “I appreciate all the support I received in the election and the many kind words from supporters before, during and after. It has been an honor serving the public and making a difference.”
--Sharon Ullman

“First of all I would like to congratulate Craig Hanson on his win in the Primary Election and I pledge my complete support in the smooth transition to Commissioner in District 3

Several in the news media have asked for my reaction, so as of this morning I would say that I am amazed that the negative campaign that was run against me and my fellow commissioner Steve Rule with Bujak at the center ...of the message seems to resonate with voters. I believed my positive campaign and conservative fiscal management would offset the misinformation, but that was not the case. Canyon County remains in good economic condition and the plans that have been put in place will reap great benefits in the future.
I will continue to serve my county and community in the future and appreciate the opportunity to serve Canyon County.

Thank you for all of your prayers and help my campaign.”
--David Ferdinand


 

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