The field for a replacement for Ada County Sheriff has shrunk to just three candidates.
Doug Traubel, Matt Clifford, and Mike Chilton are the remaining three candidates in the race to replace former Sheriff Stephen Bartlett. Bartlett suddenly retired just months after his re-election in 2020.
Bartlett’s replacement will serve as Ada County Sheriff until 2022 when they would be up for re-election, and that term would only go until 2025 when Bartlett’s term would have ended.
In just one week, the Ada County Commissioners will interview all three candidates and choose one of them to be sheriff.
Idaho Dispatch attended the Ada County Republican Party’s meeting where Precinct Committeemen could talk to the candidates. At that time, we offered to interview all of the candidates, and five of them sat down with us.
The Ada County Republican Precinct Committeemen chose their top three candidates, with Traubel being their top choice, Chilton was the second pick, and Clifford was the third choice.
You can see the interview with Traubel and Clifford at the end of this article. Unfortunately, Chilton did not stay after the meeting to interview with Idaho Dispatch.
Now that the field has been narrowed to three candidates, various political figures, groups, and citizens are pushing the candidate they want for Ada County Sheriff.
Idaho Dispatch did our best to find as many of the endorsements as possible for each candidate. We focused on groups and high-profile political figures for this list, but we do not claim that this is an all-inclusive list.
Here is who Idaho Dispatch was able to find supporting Doug Traubel:
Former Sheriff Richard Mack from Arizona and Founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett)
Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale)
Idaho Dispatch was unable to locate what groups or high-profile public officials are supporting his candidacy for sheriff. However, that does not mean they do not exist. We have just been able to find them.
Idaho Dispatch has reached out to Chilton for a response, but we have not yet received a reply.
Here is who Idaho Dispatch was able to find supporting Matt Clifford:
Former Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett
Former Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney
Code 3 to 1 Retired Law Enforcement Officers of Idaho
Former Democrat Representative from Moscow, Shirley Ringo
Meridian Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea
The Idaho 97%
Idaho Dispatch also reviewed some of the emails that have been sent to the Ada County Commissioners.
Out of the emails we reviewed, most of them supported Clifford, with Traubel receiving the second most amount of support. Idaho Dispatch was only able to find one email in the few days that we reviewed that was supportive of Chilton.
In addition to the groups above supporting their candidate for sheriff, one group is attacking Traubel’s candidacy.
The group “The Idaho 97%” is attacking some of Traubel’s past comments. The group is also using an email campaign to encourage citizens to contact the Ada County Commissioners not to consider Traubel and to tell them that Clifford is the most qualified of the three candidates. The Idaho 97% also posted a video on their Twitter account that discusses some of Traubel’s beliefs.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Traubel to see if he had a response to the Idaho 97%, but he has not responded to our request at this time.
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Tags: Ada County Sheriff, Christy Zito, Code 3 to 1, Doug Traubel, Gary Raney, Judy Boyle, Matt Clifford, Mike Chilton, Republican Party, Shirley Ringo, Stephen Bartlett, Tracy Basterrechea