Boise Senator Branden Durst To Resign

The Idaho Democratic Party thanks Sen. Branden Durst for his service. He has submitted a letter of resignation to Idaho State Senate leaders and the governor’s office. His resignation is effective as of Dec. 1, 2013.

I want to thank Branden Durst for his years of service and dedication to Idahoans,” said IDP Chair Larry Kenck. “We are sad to see him leave but wish him well in his future endeavors.

District 18 Legislative Chair John Goettsche is heading up the process to choose three nominees to fill the senate vacancy. Any Idaho Democrat in Legislative District 18, who is interested in the position, is encouraged to fill out the survey to fill the vacancy on this website.

The press release announcing Durst’s resignation is pasted below:

Idaho State Sen. Branden Durst to Resign

Boise, Idaho—Idaho State Senator Branden Durst, of Boise, has delivered a letter of resignation to the governor’s office and senate leaders. His resignation is effective as of the first day of December. A committee has been formed to vet nominees to replace Durst. Three nominees will be submitted to the governor, who will choose one.

Dist. 18 Idaho Democrats who are interested in being considered for the vacant Senate position can visit the Idaho Democratic Party website and take a short survey at: http://idahodems.org/district-18-legislative-vacancy/

Senator Durst said he is resigning to focus on his family’s needs. He does not believe he can give his constituents the representation they deserve in the meantime. Durst was elected as Dist. 18 senator in 2012. Prior to that, he served as the District 18 state representative from 2006 to 2010.

“I want to thank Senator Branden Durst for his years of service and dedication to Idahoans,” said IDP Chair Larry Kenck. “We are sad to see him leave but wish him well in his future endeavors.”

District 18 Legislative Chair John Goettsche is leading the candidate recruitment committee that will vet potential nominees. Goettsche said, “We appreciate Senator Durst’s service over the years and we were well-represented by him. Although we will miss him, we are confident we will find a worthy person to take his place.”

Goettsche is overseeing a process to fill the vacancy left by Durst. That process is as follows:

A candidate recruitment committee will screen applicants and make recommendations to the Dist. 18 Central Committee for nominees to be appointed to the governor.

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