Idaho GOP to reorganize following primary; Ada and Canyon meetings begin Wednesday

Idaho law requires political parties to reorganize after biennial primary elections, with the votes held by the precinct committeemen and women elected in Idaho's 925 election precincts.

The action is on the GOP side, where Gov. Butch Otter is aiming to avoid the embarrassment of 2008, when his candidate for party chairman was defeated by a conservative-libertarian axis that elected Norm Semanko.

Semanko is stepping down in June and voters who will elect his successor will be chosen at county central committee meetings in the coming days.

Canyon County Republicans will meet at the Courthouse at 7 p.m. Wednesday to elect a county chairman, other officers and delegates to the June 21-23 state convention in Twin Falls. Canyon has 62 precincts, many of which were contested by establishment Republicans vs. supporters of Ron Paul and those of more conservative leanings.

The Ada County GOP will meet Thursday, also at 7 p.m., at the Ada Courthouse. Ada County has 145 precincts, of which 140 had candidates in last week's primary. A slate loyal to Otter and likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney captured at least 78 of the 140 filled seats.

Legislative district committees also must meet to organize; that begins in Ada County Wednesday.

A news release from Ada County GOP Secretary Dawn Hatch follows. For more information, call Hatch at 376-7662.

The Ada County Republican Central Committee will meet on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers for the Central Committee and to elect delegates and alternates to the Idaho Republican State Convention.

The biennial reorganization meetings are required in state code for all political parties' county central committees, as well as district central committees.

Only the precinct committeemen who were elected at the May 15 Primary Election are eligible to make motions, nominations, seconds, and vote. However, any Republican (qualified elector) residing in Ada County is allowed to run for officer positions and as delegates or alternates to the state convention. The same applies for the District -- only the newly elected precinct committeemen residing within that district make motions and vote, but all qualified Republican electors residing in that district can run for offices and as delegates to state convention.

The Republican District Central Committee reorganization meetings within Ada County that have been confirmed are as follows:

District 14, Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m. - Ada County Courthouse, 250 W. Front St., Boise
District 15, Wednesday, May 23, 8 p.m. - Casa Mexico, 10332 W. Fairview Ave., Boise
District 17, Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m. - Idaho Pizza Co., 4218 Overland Rd., Boise
District 18, Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. - Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Rd.
District 19, Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. - Thomas Hammer Coffee Shop, corner of 8th and Bannock St., Boise
District 20, Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m. - Ada County Courthouse
District 21, Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m. - Pepper Ridge Elementary School, 2252 S. Sumpter Way, Boise
District 22, Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. - Kuna Library, 457 N. Locust, Kuna

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