The Idaho Democratic landscape for 2014’s campaign season is forming.
New this week:
Idaho Governor’s Race
Businessman and Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff is running for Idaho governor. Asked by press at his announcement if he wanted to run against incumbent Butch Otter or Otter’s challenger Russ Fulcher, Balukoff said, it didn’t matter because either one was “more of the same.”
District 16 Senate seat
Rep. Grant Burgoyne announced that he will run for the Senate seat that Sen. Les Bock is leaving. Burgoyne said in his announcement: “I have fought against one party, pay-to-play politics which damages middle-class families and forces them to pay an unfair portion of the cost of government.”
Former NFL player Jimmy Farris, who ran for 1st Congressional District in 2012, announced he will run for the seat Burgoyne is leaving. Farris said in his announcement: “This district has had incredible representation over the years, and it’s important that we maintain that strong leadership with a representative who will continue to focus on the needs and interests of not only District 16, but the entire state of Idaho”
Idaho Secretary of State speculation:
Rep. Holli Woodings, of Boise’s Legislative District 19, is mulling over a run for Idaho Secretary of State. Long-time Sec State Ben Ysursa will not seek re-election. If Woodings runs, she will face the winner of a crowded GOP primary, which includes the ethically bereft former House Speaker Lawerence Denney who tried to fire redistricting commissioners when they refused to be more enthusiastic about GOP gerrymandering.
Grant Burgoyne Seeks Idaho Senate Seat Being Vacated by Les Bock
Following months of reported rumors, Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne made it official Dec. 5, announcing his 2014 candidacy for the Idaho State Senate in Boise’s 16th legislative district. The Senate seat is being vacated next year by Democratic Sen. Les Bock, who immediately endorsed Burgoyne’s candidacy.
Burgoyne, a Boise attorney, was first elected to the Idaho House in 2008 and is the assistant minority leader, serving on Judiciary, Rules and Administration, Revenue and Taxation, and Ways and Means committees.
“I have fought against one party, pay-to-play politics which damages middle-class families and forces them to pay an unfair portion of the cost of government,” Burgoyne said in his announcement.
Burgoyne’s State Senate candidacy clears the slate for Democrat Jimmy Farris’ bid to run for Burgoyne’s House seat. Farris, who pulled in 31 percent of votes in his 2012 challenge to GOP Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, announced his candidacy for Idaho House Seat 16A earlier this week.