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Who is running for Meridian’s Legislative District 21? Listen to the candidates

Republican voters in Meridian will decide this month whether to back Idaho’s incumbent legislative representatives or seek a change in the primary.

Three incumbents representing Legislative District 21 are looking to return to the Idaho Capitol during the May 21 GOP primary. District 21 covers Meridian neighborhoods bounded by West Ustick Road on the north, East Victory Road on the south, North McDermott Road on the west and North Eagle Road on the east.

Sen. Treg Bernt is seeking a second term in the Idaho Senate as Brenda Bourn tries to unseat him. Bernt served two terms on the Meridian City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2022.

Bourn has not previously held elected office, but she is challenging U.S. Senator Mike Crapo for his seat in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District in 2022. Mike Long is running unopposed as a Libertarian for the same seat and will face off against the Republican winner of the primaries. general election.

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Rep. James Petzke, R-Meridian, is defending his position in the House of Representatives for a second term against two political newcomers: Monica McKinley and Adam Nelson.

McKinley previously challenged Bernt for his Senate seat as the Constitution Party candidate in 2022. Casey Hess is running unopposed for the same seat in the Democratic primary.

Three candidates are running unopposed for the district’s B House seat: Daniel Weston, of the Constitution Party; Becky McKinstry, a Democrat; and Rep. Jeff Ehlers, the Republican incumbent. Ehlers served one term in this position.

The winners receive a two-year term of office. The Republican Party has a closed primary, meaning only registered Republicans can cast a vote.

The Idaho Statesman sent questionnaires to every candidate in a contested race. Their responses are below.

Voters can still register to vote at the polls and cast their ballots through May 17. Read more about these races and other local elections in the Statesman’s Voter Guide. (Find the legislative district you live in here and find your polling place here.)

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Read all the candidates’ responses below. Use the horizontal scroll bar below each candidate to read the full question and answer. You can also click on the chart and drag it horizontally.

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