State Politics

Write-in Democrat will challenge Winder

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, will face Democratic write-in candidate Bill Rutherford in the general election this fall.

Rutherford filed to run April 8. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and needs 50 votes to get on the ballot for the general election.

Rutherford moved to Meridian in 2011 after retiring from a career as a civil engineer in Pennsylvania.

Rutherford said if elected, a priority would be finding a solution to the 78,000 Idahoans without health insurance, who were the subject of major debate, but no successful legislation, in the most recent legislative session.

“The only solution that works so far, that I know of, is to accept the federal funding that is and has been available to Idaho for the past four years,” he said. “Idaho taxpayers have already paid once to fund this and there is no excuse for asking them to fund it again.”

He also said he wants to keep government out of the private affairs of women, including restrictions on abortion. He said he wants to protect LGBT and minority rights and the separation of church and state.