District 19 House A: Cronin endorses Erpelding

House Minority Caucus Chair Representative Brian Cronin, who served two terms in the Idaho Legislature and announced in March that he wouldn't seek re-election, has endorsed Mat Erpelding for District 19 House A.

Mathew Erpelding, a small business owner and educator, has worked as a policy aide for Cronin.

The public is invited to meet Erpelding at these events: Campaign House Party at the Zuckermans, 905 N 18th St., 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 27; and Coffee with Mat in Hidden Springs, 12550 N. Upper Ridge Place, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10.

North End neighbors host candidate forum

The North End Neighborhood Assn. host a forum for the eight candidates vying for seats in Dist. 19.

The forum is from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St.

West Bench Neighbors to host candidate forum

The West Bench Neighborhood Association hosts a candidate forum, 7 to 8:45 p.m., May 2 at the Library at Cole and Ustick.

Candidates from contested primaries for Legislative District 16 Seat B, David Honey and Hy Kloc on the Democratic ticket, Fairy Hitchcock and Graham Paterson on the Republican ticket, will participate.

Candidates for Ada County Commission Seats 1 and the Republican candidates for Seat 3 will also participate.

Contact Sara Baker at 377-2416 for further information.

District 20 House B: LeClaire gets endorsements from three Meridian city council members

Press release received from District 20 House B Republican candidate Thomas LeClaire:

Thomas "Tom" Jay LeClaire of Meridian, Idaho, announced another elected local leader has endorsed his campaign for the Idaho House of Representatives in Legislative District 20, Seat B.

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Ada County Commissioner: Candidates Tibbs and Case to speak at forum on waste-to-energy plant

Ada County Commissioner candidates Jim Tibbs (District 1) and Dave Case (District 3) will meet with Hidden Springs residents on Thursday, April 26, to discuss their findings and opinions on the proposed Dynamis waste-to-energy plant which will be one mile as the crow flies from the 1,000-home community north of Boise.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Hidden Springs Clubhouse next to the pool to Hidden Springs Drive.

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Districts 14, 20, 21 and 22: Meet the candidates at Meridian City Hall

Meridian City Hall hosts an open house for legislative candidates on April 26 and May 2.

Both events begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

April 25: Districts 14 and 20

District 14 has two contested races in the May 15 Republican primary.

Republican candidates for District 14 Senate are Stan Bastian, Eagle; Gary Bauer, Star; and Rep. Marv Hagedorn, Meridian.

Republican candidates for District 14 House B are Rep. Reed DeMourdant, Eagle; and Michael Greenway, Eagle.

District 20 has two contested races in the May 15 Republican primary.

District 18 House B: Candidate John Hruby launches new website

District 18 House B Republican candidate John Hruby has announced his new campaign website: hrubyforidaho.com.

Hruby is running against Brad Bolicek for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Phylis King in the November general election.

May 15 primary voting information

Even though the May primary is about a month away, absentee voting is already under way and early voting starts soon.

Here's what you need to know to vote:

Important dates
April 23 through May 11: Canyon County in-person early voting.
April 30 through May 11: Ada County in-person early voting.
May 9 Last day to request mail-in absentee ballot.
May 15. Election Day, polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots must be returned to county clerk’s office by 8 p.m.

New and longtime Idaho voters need to be aware of several significant changes to Idaho elections this year.

District 12 Senate: Gov. Butch Otter endorses Todd Lakey

Press release received Friday via Todd Lakey:

Today, Governor Butch Otter announced his endorsement of Todd Lakey, Republican candidate for the open State Senate seat in District 12 (Canyon County).

Governor Otter said, “Todd Lakey has been a strong leader for Canyon County. His background in both the private and public sector make him battle tested and ready to serve Canyon County with distinction. Todd has the right conservative values and temperament to be an effective voice in the State Senate. I hope you will join in supporting Todd Lakey for Senate."

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