There was a close battle between Republican Rick Visser and Democrat TJ Thomson for Ada County Commission in District 2. Visser won with 98,777 votes, or 53.7 percent, over Thomson's 85,070 votes, or 46.3 percent. Both men are from Boise, and Thomson is a Boise City Councilman.

"Though I’m disappointed by the outcome, I’d like to wish Rick the best of luck in his new role. While we don’t agree on every issue, I know Rick and I both love Ada County and that he’ll work hard as a county commissioner," Thomson pasted to Facebook.

Visser said in an email statement: "I am very grateful for this wonderful victory. It will be a sincere privilege to serve the citizens of Ada County. 'The earnest prayers of righteous people have great power and produce wonderful results.' James 5:14b NLT."

Visser will fill Republican Rick Yzaguirre's seat, who is retiring. In Ada County Commission District 3, Republican incumbent Dave Case faced no challengers.

Ada County Highway District incumbents Sara Baker and Rebecca Arnold held on to their seats.

Ada County saw record voter turnout this election, according to the county elections office. More than 88 percent of registered voters (202,971 out of 230,425) cast a ballot. The county also broke its record of the number of early voters on a single day.


Ada County Commission, District 2

REP Rick Visser: 98,777 votes, 53.7 percent

DEM TJ Thomson: 85,070 votes, 46.3 percent

Ada County Commission, District 3

REP Dave Case (incumbent): 135,283 votes, 100 percent

Ada County Highway District, zone 1

Jim Hansen (incumbent): 26,033 votes, 100 percent

Ada County Highway District, zone 2

Rebecca Arnold (incumbent): 14,022 votes, 55.1 percent

David Eberle: 11,427 votes, 44.9 percent

Ada County Highway District, zone 5

Sara M. Baker (incumbent): 13,501 votes, or 44.8 percent

Mike Tracy: 10,870 votes, 36.1 percent

Rick Just: 5,750, 19.1 percent

Ada County Sheriff

REP Steve Bartlett (incumbent): 137,809 votes, 100 percent

Prosecuting Attorney

REP Jan M. Bennetts: 135,166 votes, 100 percent

In Ada and Canyon counties, the College of Western Idaho trustee candidates faced no opponents. C.A. “Skip” Smyser won in zone 1, and incumbents Mary Niland and Mark Dunham won in zones 3 and 5, respectively.

Find more Ada County results, including for magistrate judges, at


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