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Clifford, Dayley, Arnold, Riffle take Ada County GOP nomination


Ada County voters elected some familiar faces to lead its local government on Tuesday night. 

Amongst the maelstrom of the highly watched statewide races in Idaho, voters in counties statewide picked their nominees for the race later this year to be new local leaders. Voters in Ada County picked their nominee for Sheriff, the third seat on the Ada County Commission, Assessor and Coroner. 

Here’s a rundown of who took home the nomination in these four closely watched county races:

Sheriff, former ACHD Commissioner takes the win 

Sheriff Matt Clifford took a commanding lead over his opponent Doug Traubel, earning 65% of the vote with roughly 39,153 ballots in his favor. This hands Clifford another two-year term after winning a nomination for the job last summer from the Ada County Commissioners 2-1. 

Longtime Ada County Highway District Commissioner Rebecca Arnold bested her three opponents to become Ada County’s next assessor. She took in 35% of the vote, earning roughly 20,000 votes. Dave Litster came in second with roughly 18,000 votes and 31% of the vote. Ron DeRoest and Bradley Bolicek followed with roughly 19.8% and 13.7% of the vote respectively. 

Dayley, Riffle take nomination for Commissioner, Coroner

Tom Dayley, a former Republican federal government official, and state legislator, narrowly took the nomination to be Ada County Commissioner with a margin of fewer than 1,000 votes. He beat out former Commissioner Sharon Ullman by earning roughly 38% of the vote over Ullman’s 36%. Political newcomer Dawn Retzlaff pulled in 25% of the vote, earning 14,768 ballots cast. 

The race for the GOP nomination for coroner went to Rich Riffle, who brought in roughly 28,000 votes to earn 51.9% of the vote. He bested Cheri Durst, who is married to Secretary of Public Instruction candidate Branden Durst, who earned 25,981 votes and 48% of the vote. 

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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