TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls attorney Laird Stone will keep his seat on the College of Southern Idaho’s board of trustees for another four years.

As of Wednesday morning, unofficial results show Stone earned 19,466 votes. He outpaced refugee resettlement opponent Rick Martin, who brought in 17,126 votes.

Complete results weren’t available by late Tuesday night.

Voters in Twin Falls and Jerome counties, which make up CSI’s taxing district, cast ballots.

Martin — a Buhl resident who works in health care technology — took the lead especially among Jerome County voters. He earned 4,988 votes in that county, 724 more than Stone.

Martin, who leads the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center, ran for the board with the goal of phasing out the Refugee Center.

Earlier this year, Martin turned in a petition for a ballot measure seeking to ban refugee centers in Twin Falls County. But the number of signatures fell far short of what was needed to get onto the May ballot.

On Wednesday, Martin was taking down his campaign signs. He said he’s satisfied with the race and congratulates Stone on his victory.

“The people have spoken and I respect that,” he said. “I was encouraged by the results in Jerome. We did well there, but we fell short in Twin Falls.”

What’s next for Martin? He said he plans to take some time off to rest and be with his family.


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