With 77 percent of GOP precinct committee races being contested in Ada County, the organizational meeting of the newly elected members of the county Republican Central Committee will be a key measure of which faction wins control of the GOP apparatus.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. May 29 in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Statehouse.
More than 250 candidates are running for 145 precinct committee spots in the May 20 primary. Precinct committeemen and women make up the core of county central committees.
State law requires newly constituted county central committees to meet shortly after the election to elect officers, as well as delegates and alternates to the State Republican Convention in Moscow, June 12-14. Ada County is entitled to send over 100 delegates and alternates.
The convention will elect a chairman and other officers, write a platform and possibly revise its rules — all in the GOP prepares maintaining its dominance in Idaho. Republicans now control of all seven constitutional offices, 85 of 105 legislative seats and Idaho’s four seats in Congress.
In recent weeks, Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Republican Chairman Barry Peterson have clashed over the precinct races. Blackfoot Republican Mike Duff says he is contemplating a challenge to Peterson, who has said he plans to run again.