Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hailey voters pass rodeo bond

Stennett leads in District 25 race

Express Staff Writer

Hailey voters approved Tuesday a $3.5 million bond issue to help fund a $6 million-$7 million redevelopment of the rodeo grounds at the south end of the city.

Of 1,581 ballots cast in the special election, 1,115—or 71 percent—voted in favor of the plan to support a new multi-purpose rodeo arena, a covered ice rink, expanded skate park and visitor center on the 5.2-acre site. Two-thirds approval was needed for the bond to pass.

In the Democratic primary for the District 25 Senate seat, candidate Michelle Stennett held a commanding lead with just seven precincts in the four-county district still counting ballots. At 11:30 p.m., Stennett had 1,001 votes, just over 83 percent of the total. Challengers David Maestas and Robert Blakeley had 12 percent and approximately 5 percent, respectively.

In the contest for incumbent Judge Robert J. Elgee's seat in the 5th Judicial District, Elgee led challenger Douglas Werth by a margin of 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent at 11:30 p.m. Numerous precincts in the eight-county district still had not reported by that time.

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