Twin Falls City Council Getting More Conservative
Twin Falls City Council may be getting even redder. In a Republican sense. Council elections are non-partisan. Which is a nice sentiment but everybody knows where various members of the council stand. I’ve seen most of them at Republican events. The Mayor is a Democrat. He’s in a minority, although. He would be considered a business-friendly Democrat. Very much unlike some of his counterparts at the national level.
With the retirement of Councilman Chris Talkington there was a rare seat not defended by an incumbent. The challengers were a mix of mostly moderate to conservative Republican. Or at least what I found out when asking some questions of party leaders (The modern GOP is a big tent).
I met or know 10 of the 11 candidates who were seeking four seats. Three seats weren’t up for a vote this year.
The man who’ll take seat 4, which is being vacated by Councilman Talkington, is Craig Hawkins. I met him two weeks ago and he left me with a very good impression.
First, he’s very pleasant. In a neighborly way. He’s a devout man and his faith influences his life. While I’m not making any predictions on social issues (some of which do come before city government) I predict he’ll be a friendlier face for conservative values voters.
You recall a vote to discuss an abortion ban in the city failed by a 4 to 3 margin. The same proposal may not again come before the councilmen and women but the 4-3 divide may have been reversed on several other issues.