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Op-Ed: Gem State Heist – Beware the White Elephants

By • May 15, 2024

There is a Gem State Heist underway for the state of Idaho. Moderates/Neocons/Establishment Republicans screeched at a pitch heard all the way from the stratosphere when Dorothy Moon won the GOP chair position in 2022; their nepotism and money pedaling through the party coming to a halt. They’ve waited loudly for two years. There was writing on the wall that they were concocting a nefarious plan to try to steal back the party from the grassroots who overcame them. We saw Trent Clark writing whiney op ed after op ed. We saw Jim Jones flex his “I’m a REAL Republican” muscle, hot off the heels of running an executive race for a Democrat. We have seen social media convergence of socialists & antifa with all these Dorothy Moon denigrators, recruiting every unprincipled person from the bottom of the septic tank, to join their GOP hate army.

Alas their plan unfolds. Trent Clark and his merry band of morally deficient operatives have pledged to raise $2 million to fight for the precinct committeeman spots around the state. They make click and print signs/literature available to all who join their cause and billionaires like Franklin Vandersloot of Melaleuca opens up the ATM for them. Lobbyist now found themselves signing up at the county clerk’s office to enter local races, a quick transition from pressuring legislators to fund their multi-million-dollar corporate masters in the form of statute (I wonder if they’re getting a bonus?). Up north- Kootenai’s most vile Democrats have affiliated as Republican to enter these races. Health executives, real estate moguls, even the city Mayor joined in as an attempt to put their boots on the necks of the grassroots committee who has unwaveringly pushed back on corporate and government overreach in the county.

Luckily for the public there has been a key feature in every single candidate of the Gem State Heist Army.. the white elephant. It is printed on signs and literature all across the state. Remember who the white elephants are in your neighborhood and vote for the other guy. Or you can use my list below.

We will not be defeated by elitist funded attacks on our Conservative Party. Tell everyone you know to vote against the white elephants.

List:

Canyon- Dist 9:
1-9 Heidi Smith
2-9 Dave Taylor
3-9 Craig Sjoberg
4-9 Tony Sambosky
5-9 Darryl Ford
6-9 Beth Carico
Dist 10:
7-10 Sid Freeman
8-10 Tammy Nichols
9-10 James Taylor
10-10 Dominic Brandon
11-10 EMPTY
12-10 Dale VanBeek
13-10 Mila Wood
14-10 –
15-10 Kelli Carender
16-10 Brady Herrick
17-10 Andi Ryan
Dist 11:
18-11 Nicole Hyland
19-11 Greg Stuck
20-11 Mark Tolman
21-11 Kent Marmon
22-11 Lucas Baumbach
23-11 Lucas Cayler
24-11 John Carter
25-11 Scott Tilmant
26-11 John Jamieson
Dist 12:
27-12 Machele Hamilton
28-12 Thomas Nezley
29-12 Sharon Hollenbeck
30-12 Janelle Covington
31-12 Tyler Rogers
32-12 Lisa Thompson
33-12 Fred Illa
34-12 Lenette Jackson
35-12 Heidi Todd
Dist 13:
36-13 Vickie Kersten
37-13 Roger Hunt
38-13 Alexis Scott
39-13 Steve Tanner
40-13 Carol Moffett
41-13 Cory Chappell
42-13 Dan Gates
43-13 Kirsten Lucas
44-13 Carrie Bowers
45-13 Jason Colwell
46-13 Debbie Bartlow
Dist 23:
47-23 JoDee Arnold
48-23 David Lambert
49-23 Zach Brooks
50-23 Nathan Guy
51-23 Diane Sheirbon
Kootenai
201 Charles Bernhard* ✔
202 Kathy Clark* ✔
203 Melanie Vander Feer* ✔
204 Michael Jehnichen ✔
205 Brent Regan* ✔
206 Dave Seurynck ✔
207 Richard Meyer* ✔
208 Jamie Hass* ✔
301 James Hossack ✔
302 Steve Cochran* ✔
303 Pierce Duncan* ✔
304 Hendrik Mills* ✔
305 Mary White* ✔
306 Tonya Merritt ✔
307 Nina Beesley ✔
308 Anita Dupzyk* ✔
309 Judy Fujimoto* ✔
310 Luke Sommer* ✔
311 Valeriya Rourke* ✔
312 Greg McKenzie* ✔
313 Tamara Bateson* ✔
314 Paul Mahlow* ✔
315 Nicole Barnett* ✔
316 Justin Knowles ✔
317 Christina Beggs ✔
318 Sandy White* ✔
319 Walt Sackman ✔
320 John Howard* ✔
321 George Mitchell ✔
322 Lori Anderson* ✔
323 David M. Crane ✔
401 Kara Claridge* ✔
402 Terri Seymour* ✔
403 Virginia Williams* ✔
404 Janice Camarena* ✔
405 Barbara Hedden* ✔
406 Beverly Guenette* ✔
407 Art Macomber* ✔
408 Roger Garlock* ✔
409 Stephanie Schad ✔
410 Brian T. Smith* ✔
411 Randy Neal* ✔
412 Doug Bacon* ✔
413 Glenn Avery* ✔
414 Bjorn Handeen* ✔
415 Marjorie Desgrosseilliers* ✔
417 Elisha Toews* ✔
418 Richard Price* ✔
419 Lisa Whitehead* ✔
420 Joe Alfieri* ✔
501 Todd Pierce* ✔
502 John M Moore ✔
503 David Stoltz* ✔
504 Eric Klinkhammer ✔
505 Jason teNyenhuis ✔
506 Jeff Populus* ✔
507 Randy Westlund* ✔
508 Jill Storm* ✔
509 Will Amaya ✔
510 John Moore* ✔
511 Carla Bonney ✔
512 Marc Eberlein ✔
513 Don Eichler* ✔
514 Michael Burgess* ✔
515 Dan Eloe* ✔
516 Brycen Kempton ✔
517 Megan Rounds* ✔
518 Todd M. Banducci* ✔
519 Tony Wisniewski* ✔
520 Jeff Tyler* ✔
521 Doug Balija* ✔
522 Michelle Grossglauser* ✔
Twin Falls
◦ Buhl 1 – Kathy Thomsen – R
◦ Buhl 2 – Joan Hurlock – R
◦ Buhl 3 – Sandy Gleason – R
◦ Buhl 4 – Cory B. Santos – R
◦ Buhl 5 – Menno deRijk – R
◦ Castleford – Billee Dinges – R
◦ Deep Creek – Gregory Hill – R
◦ Filer 1 – Adrian Arp – R
◦ Filer 2 – Mike Jensen – R
◦ Filer 3 – Creighton Knight – R
◦ Hansen – Roxann Campos – R
◦ Hollister – Ryan Christopherson – R
◦ Kimberly 2 – Lisa Gauger – R
◦ Kimberly 3 – Sarah Bacon – R
◦ TF 1 – Connie M Smith – R
◦ TF 2 – Hunter Rowland – R
◦ TF 3 – Linda K Gooden – R
◦ TF 7 – Shane Klaas – R
◦ TF 8 – Josh Kohl – R
◦ TF 9 – Regina Smith – R
◦ TF 10 – Kristin Arrington – R
◦ TF 11 – Jacque Brown – R
◦ TF 12 – Oma Deon Lane – R
◦ TF 13 – Redgie Kate Bigham – R
◦ TF 14 – Leslie Wolff – R
◦ TF 15 – Paul Thompson – R
◦ TF 16 – Benjamin Bodsford – R
◦ TF 18 – Bobbi Kaye Mani – R
◦ TF 19 – S. Nathan Sherwood – R
◦ TF 20 – Billy Burleigh – R
◦ TF 21 – Jim Stevens – R
◦ TF 23 – Rebecca M Smith – R
◦ TF 24 – Linda Venable – R
◦ TF 25 – Tom Zuiderveld – R
◦ TF 26 – Gloria E. Mayoh – R
Owyhee
1 North Homedale- Mike Aebischer
2 South Homedale- Rich Curtis
3 North Marsing- Walt Holton
4 South Marsing- Greg Blodgett
5 Pleasant Valley- Tim Lowry
6 Wilson- Louis Monson
7 Murphy- Heidi Murphy
8 Oreana- Brecca Hipwell
9 Grand View- Andrea Owens
10 Bruneau- Pamela Landis
11 Riddle- Erica Beus
Ada
1001 – Wendy Everett
1004 – Art Soukup
1005 – Robert Conrad Trommler
1402 – Miguel DeLuna
1403 – Colette Costello
1404 – Dan McKnight
1412 – Phil Reynolds
1414 – Jeff Russell
1415 – Eric Petersen
1417 – Michael Chew
1503 – Jodi Miller
1510 – Christi Warhurst
1513 – Larry Grove (Official Write-In)
1515 – James Shaw
1517 – Dale Heintz
1520 – Timothy Lewis Roscoe
1602 – Claudia Cross
1603 – Steve Jackson
1604 – Chandler Stewart Hadraba
1607 – Luke ten Doeschate
1609 – Brian Wheeler
1612 – Doug Lawrence
1615 – Judy Poole
1617 – Matthew Borah
1619 – Geoffrey Surbeck
1701 – Kari McCluey
1705 – Samantha Turnbull (Official Write-In)
1706 – Judy Sargent
1707 – Wayne Barber
1708 – T. Allen Hoover
1710 – Matthew K. Jensen
1714 – Paul Lewer
1719 – Dana Rowley
1801 – Alan Lamb
1802 – Thomas R. Jensen
1805 – Jared Berryman (Official Write-In)
1812 – Travis Bretton
1813 – Lettie Kirk
1814 – Keith Daris
1815 – Nyck Adams
1816 – Sherry Pence
1818 – Dawn Retzlaff
1819 – Betty Johnson
1901 – Stephen DeGrey
1902 – Melinda Kinsman
1903 – Katy Sabala
1905 – Vicki Keen
1906 – Stephen Chrysler
1912 – Hank Harris
1913 – Mona L. Warchol
1914 – Michelle Watts
1917 – Lynn Bradescu
1918 – Darcy Horton
1921 – Armando E. Roggio, Sr.
1922 – Mary Stock
1923 – Cathleen Hurwitz
1925 – Stefanie Hruby
2001 – Cyndi Uhlenhoff
2002 – Bryan Nyhoff
2003 – Ed Spradlin
2005 – Cheryl Hurd
2008 – Laurel D. Morgan
2009 – Craig Campbell
2011 – Chris Holdaway
2013 – Timothy Paul Herode
2016 – Sam Boyd
2017 – Mike Hon
2020 – Rachelle Shay
2105 – Creg Steele
2107 – Curtis Egge
2108 – Mark T. Bryan
2111 – David McLeod
2113 – Rick Schultze
2116 – Natasha Mwiinga
2117 – Thad Butterworth
2118 – Rick Carrier
2120 – Bonnie Ruth Carter
2202 – Lisa M. Jordan
2204 – Caleb Mills
2205 – Michael Spicher
2207 – Cheri Durst
2208 – Scott Holloway
2214 – Greg Ferch
2216 – Jodie Harrington
2217 – Terry Silsby
2218 – Carlos E. Vidales
2301 – Bradley Wiersma
2302 – Mel Navarro
2303 – Stephanie Alvarez
2305 – Maricia Ladley
2307 – Bill Orton
2310 – John Sorenson
Gem County
Precinct 2 North Emmett- Leona Poen
Precinct 5 West Emmett- Adrian Marcu
Precinct 6 Emmerson- Sara Brady
Precinct 10 Brick- Carmen Tyack
Precinct 12 Sweet- Carol “Cece” Andrews
Lewiston Precincts
Precinct 2: Rose Motley
Precinct 3: Beverly Sargentini
Precinct 4: Jason Brown
Precinct 6: Kyle Harris
Precinct 8: Mike Kingsley
Precinct 9: Nolan Neal
Precinct 10: David Bjur
Precinct 12: Nick Woods
Precinct 13: Loretta Tye
Precinct 14: Daniel Crawford
Precinct 15: Nathanael Rankin
Precinct 16: Cherie Wiik
Precinct 18: Aaron Mellick
Precinct 19: Elaine Selberg
Precinct 20: Wes Lindell
Precinct 21: Gregory Lind
Precinct 22: Sharon Leach
Nez Perce County Precincts
Precinct 24 (Foothills): Bill Hobbs
Precinct 25 (Tammany): Todd Blount
Precinct 26 (Lapwai): Ron Rumbolz
Precinct 27 (Leland): Ron Calhoun
Precinct 28 (Lenore):Kim Pospychalla
Precinct 29 (Peck): James O’Connell
Precinct 30 (Gifford): Gene Butler
Precinct 31 (Culdesac): Brian Bomar
Latah County
Moscow 3: Cody Barr
Moscow 9: Marty Shaw
Moscow 16: Matt Ivins
Lewis County
Precinct # 1 Nezperce -Michelle Lyons
Precinct #2 West Kamiah- Anthony LaRue
Precinct #4 Craigmont- Tina Thomason
Precinct #5 Winchester- Barbara Summers
Precinct #6 Reubens- Debra Idso
Precinct #7 Mohler- Phil Schlader
Washington County
01 *Brian Miller
03 *Cassie Foster
04 *Lisa Collini
05 *Richard (Craig) Callahan
06 *Jay S. Chamberlin
07 *Jay Langer
08 *Terri Fry
09 *Austen R. Thomason
10 *Chris Christopherson
11 *Eric K. Brewer
Bonneville
PRECINCT 2 – NAN HANCOCK
PRECINCT 3 – NORMAN RICKS
PRECINCT 4 – SHARA ZOLLINGER
PRECINCT 6 – JAY MILLER
PRECINCT 7 – RYAN HANCOCK
PRECINCT 9 – GARY FERRIN
PRECINCT 10 – CHARLES FINANCE
PRECINCT 11 – JOHN TAYLOR
PRECINCT 12 – PAUL MASON
PRECINCT 13 – JILENE BURGER
PRECINCT 14 – ROBERT RYAN
PRECINCT 15 – TAYLOR WRIGHT
PRECINCT 16 – TIM URLING
PRECINCT 17 – KAREN HAYES
PRECINCT 18 – CRAIG ARBTIN
PRECINCT 19 – PAUL VOEGELI
PRECINCT 20 – ALLAN KLINGLER
PRECINCT 21 – DAWNA HOWARD
PRECINCT 22 – JACOB HANCOCK
PRECINCT 24 – KELLY PORTER
PRECINCT 25 – KATHY KULA
PRECINCT 27 – RUSTY DEVEREAUX
PRECINCT 28 – DAVID HAY
PRECINCT 37 – NICHOLAS CONTOS
PRECINCT 38 – LISA KELLER
PRECINCT 41 – ANTHONY TIRINO
PRECINCT 44 – DON SCHANZ
PRECINCT 45 – TRISTAN WRIGHT
PRECINCT 46 – JOSHUA GOLDEN
PRECINCT 51 – BEN BAKER
PRECINCT 52 – CHRISTOPHER COOK
PRECINCT 53 – JEFF PALMER
PRECINCT 54 – HAROLD JONES
PRECINCT 57 – ROBERT QUINN WHIPPLE
PRECINCT 58 – SEAN FINCH
PRECINCT 59 – LEIGHTON LINNING
Lemhi County
Darrin Caudill- Salmon 1
Lori Stacy- Brooklyn 3
Clinton Carter- Pahsimeroi 7
Karen Seibold- Iron Creek 6
James Whittaker- Lemhi 7
Payette
Precinct 1 Daniel Kauvaka (new candidate)
Precinct 2 Howard Rynearson
Precinct 3 Brenda Lee Telles
Precinct 4 Donna Peterson
Precinct 5 Patti Nitz
Precinct 6 Jacob Rynearson
Precinct 7 Joe Maxwell
Precinct 8 Brandon Shippy
Precinct 9 Joan Howell
Precinct 10 Josh Davis
Jefferson County
Annie-Kendra Olaveson
Clark-Danny Ferguson
Garfield-Corbet Miskin
Grant-Tim Wall
Hamer-Robert Ball
Labelle-Michael A. Metzger
Lewisville-Blake Ball
Lorenzo-Jud Miller
Menan-Danielle Andrew
Monteview-Kirt Hansen
Rigby 1-Jason Richardson
Rigby 2-Linda Gregersen
Rigby 3-Irven Hill
Rigby 4-Benjamin Davis
Rigby 5-Jodi Eldridge
Rigby 6-Angelina Gregory
Rigby 7- Christy Armbruster
Rigby 8-Dale Mortimer
Ririe-Lou Fullerton
Roberts-Steven Bell
Terreton-Kent Miskin
Fremont County
Parker- Toby Rhodehouse
Precinct 3- Spencer Oliverson
Idaho County
Scott Perrin: 03 Cottonwood 1
Patricia Menough: 05 Elk City
Jason Hollinbaugh: 11 Grangeville 2
William Mark Imus: 13 Grangeville 4
Cherylyn Kerley: 14 Grangeville 5
Norman Hansen: 22 Riggins
Butch Suor: 24 Stites
Larry Dunn: 25 Whitebird
Bannock County
LD29:
1 Sue Ann Hodge
2 Jake Stevens
3 Lori Warren
4 Jeff Underwood
5 Philip Romriell
6 Craig Yadon
9 Dustin Lane
10 Bill Osborn
11 Brian Trammel
12 Martin Simmons
13 Scott Weakly
14 Dale Diller
15 Susan Ruud
16 Kyle Ruud
17 John Crowder
18 Vanessa Hanson
19 Brody Holyoak
21 Tanya Burgoyne
22 Ashley Smith
23 Randy Pearson
25 Melissa Schrade
26 Debbie Whitecar
27 James Chasey
30 Sheri Crowder
32 Greg Cates
34 Terri Bell
35 Hernan Lawless
39 Paul Guisande
40 Pam Davies
42 Steve Contreras
43 Ray Knoff
LD28:
36 Ed Angle
37 Jenny Smith
38 Chad Horst
41 Don Stallsmith
50 Ed Foster
51 Butch Robinson
52 LaQueta Morgan
53 Robert Adling
54 Tory Bosworth
56 Janet Wright
57 Rosie Harris
58 James Cudney
59 Alan Curtis
62 Melissa Winward
63 Art da Rosa
66 Brian Parsons
71 Vern Briscoe
LD35:
80 Shawn Crockett
81 John Christensen
82 Buck Hedges
83 Kaycie Lockyer
84 Jeanie Avery
Blaine County
North Blaine County: Darcy Creech
Sun Valley: Adam Chafetz
North Ketchum: Jill Williams
South Ketchum: Juanita Young
Quigley: Maria Gerhardt
Deer Creek: Brian Opp
NW Hailey: Phil Rainey
NE Hailey: Heather Lauer
SW Hailey: Debbie O’Neill
NW Woodside: Tania Lopez
SE Woodside: Andrea Parker
Bellevue: John Casey
Carey: Sherie Taylor
Jerome County
Bishop Court: Toni McNeill
Canyonside: Cathy Roemer
Eden: Lyle Johnstone
Falls City: Phil “Spurs” Dawson
Northeast: Mike Dahmer
Northwest: Brian Smith
Rim Rock: Bella Schiffler
Lincoln County
Richfield: Carl Legg
Gooding County
Gooding Rural: JT Reed
Wendell City: Tyler Tvrdy
Wendell Rural: Gene Wisniewski
Bliss: Johnny Smith
Hagerman: Anthony Driever
Elmore County
Chattin Flats: Anthony Fullmer
Glens Ferry: Dean Cunningham
Hammett: Christy Zito
King Hill: John Walker
Mayfield: Teresa Ruth
MH 1: Ray Liercke
MH 2: Misty Pierce
MH 3: Duane Johnson
MH 4: Jace Prow
MH 5: Tim O’Connor
MH 7: Tim Standish
MH 8: Mark Rhatigan
MH 9: Patty Staats
Pine: Pat Christensen
Oneida County
precinct 1-Robyn Gamble
Precinct 2-Troy Allen
Precinct 3-Starling Smith
Precinct 4-Bryan Kerr
Precinct 6-Paul Smith
Boundary County
1 Bonners Ferry/Kootenai: Greg Lambert
2 Copeland: Mark Moseley

This Op-Ed was submitted by Lauren Walker. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

24 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Gem State Heist – Beware the White Elephants

  1. The dumbed down Tv watchers will reelect their incumbent with the same descretion as the chose their favorite programs. TV watchers are the most dumbed down people on the planet.

  2. So is your list composed of the white elephants? Or is a list of people to vote for? Please clarify.

    1. Please re-read

      “Remember who the white elephants are in your neighborhood and vote for the other guy. Or you can use my list below.”

  3. So much for even a modicum of fair and balanced reporting from this media outlet. The list from the opposition could be published if there’s any concern regarding fairness. Don’t worry, though. I have no such foolish expectation.

      1. No, sorry, but I cannot. I’d suggest that such a list could best be thought as “anyone besides these” folks. Personally, I’d prefer that folks do a little research, but that’s asking too much.

  4. Article is confusing at best. Does the list consist of the “White Elephants” (RINOs) or is it the preferred voting list. Several names listed I know personally are true Conservatives.

    1. Please re-read

      “Remember who the white elephants are in your neighborhood and vote for the other guy. Or you can use my list below.”

    2. I “DITTO” your comment…..Brent Regan, Joe Alfeiri, Tammy Nichols, Stoltz and Tanner….. true Conservatives.

    3. I reached out to the author, Lauren Walker, of this piece for clarification.

      Here is what she said, “Tell them this is all the actual grassroots conservative candidates running for PC in the state.”

  5. I see a mistake in this list under Payette County: The RINOS running here are Scott Syme, John Shirts, and Judy Boyle. Syme brags that his “good friend” Abby Lee (Ultra RINO) begged him to run. She plans to cop a Senate seat. Shirts shares the glossy 4-color handouts which presumes guilt by association. Boyle’s voting record stinks as badly as Abby Lee’s.

    Jaycn Gallagher and Brandon Shippy are the ONLY Good candidates here.

  6. No confusion. She states-

    “Remember who the white elephants are in your neighborhood and vote for the other guy. Or you can use my list below.”

  7. Recant the article … pull it. It doesn’t make sense and there are some good folks that we need that have been battling in the trenches for us. This article to me suggests these good people are the white elephants to be voted against.

    1. I agree. It’s very poorly written and vague. Writing a political ad 101- be very clear. Be super clear on who the intended “good guy” and “bad guy” are.

  8. This article is at best gas-lighting and trade-craft.
    It is meant to be confusing. Do your own research.

  9. Please define what ‘white elephant’ is? This is so confusing! Are ‘white elephants’ good or bad? I have no idea what this means! Sorry, I have never heard this term before…maybe spelling out what you intend to say rather than a slang phrase would be best? I’m so confused I won’t vote!

  10. I have no idea what to do with this list. It would be very helpful to match the names to the position they are running for.

  11. Just repeating the same confusing line does not clarify the intent. Are you intending readers to “use the list below” to “remember who the white elephants are,” or to identify “the other guy”?

  12. One might also note that the stars on the white elephants are upside down. That seems pretty anti American to me.

  13. Wait Judy Boyle a rino ?!! were on gods earth to come up with this pure trash. Let’s be clear here. Where is the money coming from to try and oust Mike Moyle and Chuck Winder ? That’s Weed/drugs industry lobbyists out of DC putting up a million dollars to get these guys out so they can pass legalizing weed in Idaho and put dispensaries in all of Your city’s. So your kids can have extra access to weed.the Republican Party in Idaho has been pretty clear on the stance about legalizing weed in our state for years period. There is no place for this in our state. So if your a libertarian in republicans clothing get a grip and run under whatever whack job ideals that Libertarians have. If it’s what the public want they should have no issue having to vote for a libertarian. Want to wreck Idaho? Allow that DC Lobbyist Drug money make you loose all reality you have had in the past. Look to your right look to your left of states that have done this and look at the chaos that win gulf this state.Also don’t be to small minded to see Democrats pushing this agenda because the chaos that would take place with this list elected which is like a 2 year old put it together. People can’t even understand what and where your talking about. Your def not getting a call from the New York Times or the Wall Street journal and that picture of you at the top of the article. Are you having a laugh ? Did you mistake this for your tinder account most inappropriate image for a journalist to have. Sorry I can’t even call you that. Hack with dc drug money in her pocket. You never have and never will have any journalistic integrity. Period.

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