Challenger von Ehlinger among those who could replace Stevenson

Local Republicans have chosen challenger Aaron von Ehlinger and three other men to fill the vacancy left by the death of incumbent Idaho state lawmaker Thyra Stevenson following her death last week.

Ehlinger received the most votes during a meeting of the 6th Legislative District Republican Central Committee on Monday evening.

Following Idaho law the 6th District committee nominated three people to fill out the remainder of Stevenson’s term in the state house. The other two names submitted are: Glen Baldwin, of Culdesac, and Jim Evans, of Lenore. Idaho Governor Brad Little. Little has 15 days to choose one of the three to fill out the remainder of Stevenson’s term.

Von Ehlinger is the only nominee who was already running for the position; he’s challenging Stevenson in today’s primary election.

Stevenson’s name remains on the primary ballot.

If von Ehlinger wins, he advances to the general election. No Democrat filed for the seat, so, unless there is a write-in challenge, he’ll be the new representative for the 6th District, which includes Nez Perce and Lewis counties.

If Stevenson were to win the primary, the 6th District Republican Central Committee will meet again to select someone to replace her on the November ballot.

Voters will mail their ballots in this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and election officials will begin announcing results on June 2nd. (Lewiston Tribune)

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