Blaine County voters went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5, to cast their ballots in local elections. A glitch in the county's online reporting held up results into the evening, but all votes were counted just before 11 p.m. The results of one race, for Ketchum Rural Fire District commissioner, are being reviewed.

The big winners: young challengers Sam Linnet and Juan Martinez in Hailey, and the current council in Ketchum, where incumbents Michael David and Jim Slanetz paced the vote, and an $11.5 million bond for a new fire station cleared the bar with more than two-thirds in favor. All 15 precincts are reporting; here are the unofficial results:

  • Ketchum City Council (top two win)—Michael David (700 votes); Jim Slanetz (604 votes); Jen Smith (524 votes); Mickey Garcia (101 votes).
  • Hailey City Council, Seat 3—Jeff Engelhardt (369 votes); Sam Linnet (1,097 votes).
  • Hailey City Council, Seat 4—Pat Cooley (570 votes); Juan Martinez (891 votes).
  • Ketchum Fire Bond—YES (697 votes); NO (338 votes).
  • Ketchum Rural Fire District—Jed Gray (228 votes); Gray Ottley (227 votes).
  • Wood River Fire Protection District—Dennis Kavanagh (169 votes); Seth Martin (91 votes).
  • Blaine County School District board of trustees—Amber Larna (339 votes); Alexis Lindberg (272 votes).

The results are unofficial until the official canvass of votes, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7.

Meanwhile, county elections officials said Wednesday that they are working with the Secretary of State's Office to finalize the results of the Ketchum Rural Fire District election. 

"Other than the Ketchum fire district race, I am confident in all of the results," said Brooke Baird, county services manager.

For more coverage on the 2018 election, check Friday’s edition of the Idaho Mountain Express, and mtexpress.com.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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