Canyon County Democrats

Working for Idaho families

Who We Are

Canyon County Democrats join with others across the state in working to see Idaho thrive.  We strive to create economic opportunities and good jobs, to make quality education accessible, and to protect the democratic process.  Our primary contribution is recruiting candidates who will work for voters and providing information about the political process here in Idaho.  

Central Committee Meeting:  7 pm, 4th Tuesday, County Admin Bldg, 111 N. 11th Ave Caldwell. 

Officers will be elected at the May 24th meeting.

First Tuesday Social, 6 pm, 1st Tuesday, 2C Family Brewing, 1216 1st Ave S, Nampa

Zoom links also available for 4th Tuesday meetings:  Zoom

Upcoming Events

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Peck Picnic

4:30 pm sign-in, Saturday, June 11, at 

Lakeview Park, (off Garrity) - 1304 7th St N, Nampa, ID 83687

The party of the year for 2C Dems!  This will include dinner and live auction. This is a great chance to talk with fellow Dems and Democratic state and legislative candidates!

Contact Chair Becky Hanson, to help with collecting auction items and other preparations.   Tickets

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Idaho Democrats' State Convention

Friday & Saturday, June 17-18 at

Boise Centre, 850 W Front Street, Boise. 


The campaign kickoff for Marisela Pesina, candidate for House 11B, will be 3-5 pm, Saturday, May 21 at the Caldwell Memorial Park, at Grant and Kimball.

Visit our events page for a full list of activities

See our new candidates page for information on contested primary races. 

Upcoming Elections

2022 Election Dates:  March 8, May 17, August 30, November 8

The Canyon County Elections Office is at 1102 E. Chicago, St., Caldwell, ID 83605

May 17 Contests

Two Democrats are running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Mike Crapo. Ben Pursley, Boise, is a portfolio manager with Campur Management.  Visit his website and his campaign website page.
David Roth, Idaho Falls, is a health care professional. Visit his website and campaign FB page.  

Two Democrats are running to be governor of Idaho. Stephen Heidt, Marsing, is an instructor at the Idaho State Correctional Center in Kuna. Visit his website and campaign FB page.
Shelby Rognstad, mayor of Sandpoint, is running for governor as a write-in candidate. Visit his website and campaign FB page.  

See more on our Candidates' Page.


May 17 Elections

Democrats and Republicans will elect precinct captains and select their candidates for the general election. (Other parties will hold caucuses.)  Unaffiliated voters may declare a party affiliation at the polls. Voters with any affiliation may vote in the Democratic primary.  


Requests for absentee ballots must be received by the county elections office by 5 pm May 6; completed ballots, by 8 pm Tuesday, May 17. The office address is 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, 83605; the phone number is 208-454-7562. 

After mailing or delivering the ballot, voters may check that it was received and accepted.



Vote early or absentee if you want to avoid lines. Canyon County has opened 15 or fewer locations in recent elections. Absentee voting, M-F, May 2-13 is in Nampa at the Celebration Church, 2121 Caldwell Blvd., as well as at the Elections Office, 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell. 

Visit Canyon County's election page to learn what's on your ballot and where your polling place is.   


Visit for general information and to register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, or change party affiliation.


Activist Spotlight


Blue Lady Speaks Out by Judy Ferro

  Latest: Roe v. Wade made a difference

Only this week did I learn that most of the abortion laws overruled by Roe v. Wade were less than a century old. Before that, states had followed English common law which protected a fetus only after ‘quickening' at 15 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. This, in turn, was based on Jewish law already in use at the time of Christ.

Views of other Democrats

Latest: The not-so-secret war on our public schools:  Terry Gilbert


Proponents of state funding for private schools say parents need more “choice” in education.  The truth is parents have many choices when it comes to education – neighborhood schools, magnet schools, charter schools, innovation schools. But the profiteers want to line their own pockets and slowly starve our public schools to death.

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Anthony Porto is the director of field operations for Canyon County. Contact him at  

The Quality Education Act, sponsored by Reclaim Idaho, succeeded in turning in over 90,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office. We will know soon if 65,000+ signatures are accepted.  If so, Idahoans will vote in November to decide if an addtional $300 million a year is raised for classroom resources. 

Neither the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, sponsored by Kind Idaho nor the Initiative to Increase the Minimum Wage sponsored by Fair Wage Idaho gathered enough signuatres.  

"I'm committed to expanding the Democratic outreach in Canyon County.   We are the second fastest growing county in the state with so much potential for new voters.  The Youth vote, the Latino vote, the Senior vote, and the Rural vote are all needed to win. I believe we can build a welcoming Democratic organization that looks towards the future, embraces our diversity and believes in human rights for everyone."