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Caldwell to Hold Runoff for Mayor; Three City Council Incumbents Defeated

By • November 3, 2021

Election night is over, and the results have been tallied across the state of Idaho.

One of the races included a Caldwell mayoral race after Garret Nancolas announced he would not run for re-election. Three city council members in Caldwell were also up for re-election.

Jarom Wagoner and John McGee, two mayoral candidates in the race to replace Nancolas, will face off on November 30.

When the votes were finalized from the Caldwell mayoral race, Wagoner had 47% of the vote. McGee and Chris Trakel had 22% of the vote. However, McGee ended up with 14 more votes than Trakel, putting McGee in the second spot for the runoff.

McGee has the endorsement of former Governor Butch Otter, State Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Huston), Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell), and Canyon County Sheriff Kieren Donahue.

However, one group has been targeting McGee in recent weeks with a digital billboard targeting McGee’s past actions while he was in the Idaho State Senate. Republicans Against Unethical Politicians put up the billboard and a website that contained a police report detailing allegations against McGee.

McGee was charged with sexual assault but was ultimately convicted of disturbing the peace and sentenced to 88 days in jail. The website also discusses McGee’s DUI while he was in the State Senate and a Grand Theft Auto charge which was ultimately dropped.

Some citizens in Caldwell also targeted McGee for allegedly violating campaign finance laws by not having proper disclosure on campaigns signs disclosing who was responsible for the signs.

Another group that was involved in the Caldwell race targeted Wagoner for his political stances, including one mailer that had the Soviet sickle on it along with Wagoner’s face. The political mailer targeted Wagoner for his time as a state legislator and used his Idaho Freedom Foundation score of 53.9% to go after his record.

A separate mailer also targeted Wagoner and claimed he falsified a timecard while he was a city employee. The mailer also said that Wagoner resigned from his position as a city employee shortly after the issue became public.

Idaho Dispatch offered to interview both candidates before the election took place yesterday, but Wagoner said he did not have time on the days we were available, and McGee never responded.

In addition to the mayoral race, three Caldwell City Council members tried to maintain their seats but all three lost their re-election bids.

For Caldwell Seat 1, Mike Pollard will have served nine years in the city council and took third place, with Brad Doty winning 32% of the vote. Brett Slaughter got 25% of the vote, and Pollard received 23% of the vote. Another candidate, Joe Martinez, got 20% of the vote.

In Caldwell’s Seat 2, Chuck Stadick defeated long-time incumbent Dennis Callsen who had been on the city council since 2001. Stadick received 32% of the vote, while Callsen received 27% of the vote.

Finally, in Caldwell’s Seat 3, Rob Hopper lost his bid for re-election to Diana Register by just 72 votes. There are no runoffs for city council positions.

With Wagoner and McGee facing off, another city council position will also open up once a victor is announced on November 30.

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Tags: Brett Slaughter, Caldwell, Chuck Stadick, Dennis Callsen, Diana Register, Jarom Wagoner, Joe Martinez, John McGee, Mayor, Mike Pollard, Rob Hopper