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Codi Galloway

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Riding record turnout and a presidential election that mobilized Republican voters statewide, Representative-elect Codi Galloway’s decidedly conservative campaign returned House Seat B to GOP control last week after defeating incumbent Rep. Jake Ellis (D) in West Boise’s District 15 race — one of Idaho’s rare battleground contests, writes Idaho Press reporter Blake Jones.

Linked to conservative politics by a family member in the Statehouse (House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, her uncle), a past lobbying effort followed by the New York Times and a drive for low-to-no cost education reform, the school teacher turned businesswoman will look to make an early impact in the next legislative session, representing a district where sophomore terms are far from guaranteed.

You can read Jones' full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday print edition of the Idaho Press. 

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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