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Former Idaho Elected Officials Talk Civility In An Unsettled Time

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio


In the wake of the insurrection on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol and a series of contentious public meetings and protests over public health in Idaho, it might seem there is no common ground between Republicans and Democrats.

However, some former Idaho elected officials believe differently. That’s why they’ve partnered with the Boise Metro Chamber to host a series of monthly bi-partisan conversations on civility in our democracy.


Idaho Matters spoke with four people on different sides of the aisle — none of whom are currently in office — about what they hope to accomplish with these events.


Guests today:

  • Former Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo
  • Current Republican candidate for Idaho Lieutenant Governor Luke Malek
  • Former Republican House lawmaker Kelley Packer

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.