Three Names for Vacant LD 18 Senate Seat (Durst)

To say the pool of talent among Idaho Democrats in Legislative District 18 is deep is like saying last week in Idaho was a little cool–complete understatement! They narrowed this list to three: Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, Lawrence Crowley and Elizabeth Oppenheimer.

Many highly qualified candidates applied for the state senate seat recently vacated by former Sen. Branden Durst. Members of the candidate recruitment committee report that their task was not an easy one. Legislative District Chairman John Goettsche said:

We are pleased to report that there is very high interest in serving in Idaho’s Legislature as an Idaho Democrat. We were excited to have a very competent and competitive slate of applicants from which to choose.

From the Associated Press:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democrats from a Boise legislative district that’s among Idaho’s most-competitive has selected its three top candidates to replace a departing state senator.

District 18 in southeastern Boise is aiming to fill the vacancy left when former Sen. Branden Durst relocated to western Washington.

They are incumbent state Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, the No. 1 choice of the district’s officials; Lawrence Crowley, a utility consultant (no photo available);


and Elizabeth (Beth) Oppenheimer, an education advocate.





District 18 Chairman John Goettsche says he’s excited to have such a competent group to send Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for final appointment.

Given the district’s swing nature, there’s speculation among Democrats whether Otter will choose Ward-Engelking or somebody else Republicans might see as more vulnerable in the November 2014 elections.

Jon Hanian, Otter’s spokesman, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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