by 144 votes
Pence reflect on race
Express Staff Writer
photo-finish early last Wednesday morning, incumbent Rep. Tim Ridinger,
R-Shoshone, edged out Gooding Democrat Donna Pence by a scant 144 votes
in the Nov.5 general election.
keep wondering where I could have gone or what I could have done to pick
up those votes, but I guess thatís the way it goes," said an
upbeat Pence Friday morning.
the close tally, Pence said she would not pursue a recount.
have a lot of confidence in the people who did the count," she
said. "I feel that it would not change significantly."
contested District 25 Senate seat, incumbent Sen. Clint Stennett,
D-Ketchum, easily beat challenger Tom Faulkner, 7,780 to 4,376.
reflected that he simply couldnít keep up with Stennettís spending
during the last two weeks of the campaign. He said he believes Stennettís
final two-week advertising blitz created the final spread in an
otherwise close race.
Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, ran and won, unopposed.
traditional District 25 (formerly District 21) fashion, the vote was
split along an imaginary Mason Dixon Line that separates the more
liberal and populated Blaine County to the north from the more agrarian
and rural Camas, Lincoln and Gooding counties to the south.
Pence won Blaine County 3,604 to 2,550, Ridinger won the districtís
southern three counties 3,498 to 2,298. Similarly, the Stennett and
Faulkner race was close in the southern district with Stennett winning
2,992 to 2,871, while Stennett overwhelmingly won Blaine County 4,788 to
vote said that the southern part is more conservative than the north,
but we all knew that," Faulkner said. "I feel good that, as a
challenger, and spending that much less, that I did how I did."
Faulkner and Pence said they plan to stay involved, despite their
his Gooding County Commission term expires at the end of December,
Faulkner said he will remain a member of the Bliss School Board and will
try to volunteer and work on some various community issues "just to
help out any way I can."
two years goes by pretty quick," he said, alluding to another
election year. "I probably will run for something again. Iím not
sure what at this point in time."
who spent a lot of time this summer going door to door throughout the
district, said the campaign was an excellent learning experience.
got to know so many people in the whole district," she said.
"I felt that I gained a lot from what they said, and Iíd like to
think that they got some insight on things as well."
said she is interested in working with south-district residents to find
agreeable solutions to dairy issues "and the fact that itís so
think thee are solutions, and Iíd like to work toward those," she
who is heading back to Boise this winter, acknowledged the close race.
was a lot of work," he said, "and, my opponent, she put in a
lot of work. It just came out for me.
Iíll concentrate on doing what the district wants me to do. Iíll
continue to work with our senator and our other representative. I look
forward to the next two years. Weíre going to have some hard work with