Committee settles on three nominees

William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho
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May 4—The three top choices to replace Aaron von Ehlinger in the Idaho House are Glen Baldwin, Robert Blair and Hannah Liedkie.

Baldwin is a retired welder and small-business owner from Culdesac. Blair is a Leland-area farmer and Liedkie is president and CEO of Opportunities Unlimited in Lewiston.

They were among the eight candidates who were nominated for the position during a four-and-a-half-hour meeting of the 6th Legislative District Republican Central Committee on Monday evening at North Lewiston.

The names of the three candidates will now be submitted to Gov. Brad Little. He'll have 15 days to appoint one of them to serve out the remainder of von Ehlinger's term.

Von Ehlinger resigned his legislative seat last week, after the House Ethics Committee recommended that he be censured and suspended without pay for conduct unbecoming a member of the Idaho House of Representatives.

Per Idaho GOP rules, only precinct captains were able to nominate and vote for candidates during Monday's meeting. The other candidates nominated Monday include:

Morgan Lohman, owner of Lohman Helicopter in Lewiston.

Lori McCann, a business owner and rancher who previously taught at Lewis-Clark State College and was coordinator for the school's Legal Assistance and Paralegal Program.

Heather Rogers, the chairwoman of the 6th Legislative District Republican Central Committee and owner of an insurance brokerage.

Jim Evans, a small-business owner from Lenore who also chairs the Nez Perce County Republican Central Committee.

Martin Thompson, a retired Army sergeant major who farms in Nezperce.

Spence may be contacted at bspence@lmtribune.com or (208) 791-9168.