It was a slow but steady turn out  for election day 2011 through out the Magic Valley.  Voter turn out was at around 20 percent not bad considering two years ago turn out was at around 13 percent.  Some towns reported less then 10 voters while others reported larger then expected turn out.

In Twin Falls, four city council seats were up for grabs last night.  Former Police chief Jim Munn Soundly defeated write in candidate Chris Hinkle 2914 to 115.

Chamber of commerce president Shawn Bariger will return to a position on the city council. He defeated incumbent Trip Craig and challenger Allen Starley with 1,275 votes for a win in seat three.

Seat four goes to Chris Talkington who garnered 1, 276 votes beating Wayne Bohrn, Suanne Hawkins and Jim Shouten. In the race for twin falls city council seat 7, Rebbeca Mills Sojka soundly beat her opponents Neil Christensen, Kevin Cope, and Christopher Reid.

In Burley It was a full field with nine candidates running for three city council seats. With nine out of eleven precincts reporting it looks like John Craner, Randy Hawkins and Russell Mallory won the positions. The three beat out Burley City Councilman Vaughn Egan, who previously withdrew from his bid for re-election but tossed his hat into the ring again on November 8th.

The $200,000 permanent  Burley street bond issue Failed,  with 66.7 percent approval required for passage.  Final vote was For 555 Against 771.

Mike Wilkins has kept his seat in the Minidoka Irrigation District elections, beating out the other two candidates.

In Kimberly, Tracy Armstrong wins the mayoral race with 392 votes. David Overacre received 170 votes and Jerry Morton 87.

In Hazelton Jason Wethern beat out Jacob Shobe and Sarah Brown with 61 votes.

In the election for the West end fire district Van Greenwell beat out Dan King.

Noel Wier beat out the incumbent  in the Mayoral race. Weir receiving 148 votes to Weir's 42. Loren Miller and Libby Scott were elected to the Hagerman city council where two seats were up for grabs there.

In Wendell Michael Winmill and Don Dunn win the two seats on the city council. In the race for commissioner sub district 1 Harland Surplus win the seat with 226 votes, in the race for Wendell commissioner sub district 2 Betty Price wins with 284 votes.

In Jerome, the Jerome facilities Bond appears to have failed.  only 63.6 percent of residents supported the issue that would  have helped to pay for a new police headquarters. On the Recycling proposal  it also fails. 53 percent of voters said no and 47 percent said yes. For the Jerome city council seat Dawn Soto and Dale Ross were ahead for the two seats in the unofficial results there.

Voters in Hailey have defeated a high school lead drive to ban plastic grocery bags within city limits. The issue garnered national attention as well as the attention of bag maker Hilex Poly who said the ban would hurt jobs in Idaho. The final vote was 864 nos to 620 yeses.





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