Update as of 6:33 p.m. MT on 7/16/2022.
Idaho Dispatch has obtained vote totals from the Idaho GOP leadership races from a source close to the vote counting process. The results are as follows:
Dorothy Moon – 434
Tom Luna – 287
Dan Silver – 367
Machele Hamilton – 358
Mark Fuller – 437
Mike Matthews – 283
Stephen Bender – 401
Steve Parrot – 318
Maria Nate – 438
Caleb Hoobery – 285
Original article below.
Rep. Dorothy Moon has defeated Tom Luna for the Idaho Republican Party Chairmanship position.
The Idaho GOP is holding its annual summer convention in Twin Falls. A vote on a new chairman takes place every two years at the summer convention.
Luna became Chairman two years ago after Raul Labrador decided not to run for re-election. Luna defeated Mark Fuller in 2020 to become Chairman by less than five votes.
This year, Rep. Dorothy Moon (R-Stanley), who lost her bid to become the next Secretary of State, threw her hat in the ring to lead Idaho’s Republican Party.
Idaho Dispatch spoke with several individuals who were at the convention who told us that they felt Moon was going to win. One individual we spoke to, who was not a supporter of Moon’s, told us they felt like she was going to win based on how the convention votes had gone leading up to the vote on Party Chairman.
During his speech to the crowd, Luna told the crowd that he kept the promises he made to them and that the Idaho GOP has done an excellent job fundraising to fight for Republican values since he became Chairman. In addition, Luna said that Republican registration and party growth have increased under his leadership.
Moon told the crowd during her speech that the party needed to modernize its infrastructure and do a better job reaching out to citizens on social media. Moon also said fundraising needed to focus on Idaho donors, not money from outside the state.
Moon also criticized current Idaho GOP leadership for holding the convention at a location where attendees could not exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
Idaho Dispatch previously wrote about convention delegates who were frustrated by the Idaho GOP’s decision to hold the convention at the College of Southern Idaho, where signs are posted saying individuals are prohibited from carrying firearms.
Other winners at the convention for GOP leadership were Dan Silver for 1st Vice-Chair over Machele Hamilton, Mark Fuller over Mike Matthews for 2nd Vice-Chair, Steve Bender over Stephen Parrot for Treasurer, and Maria Nate over Caleb Hoobery for Secretary.
Tags: 2nd Amendment, Chairman, GOP Convention, Idaho Republican Party, Tom Luna