Campaign filing period opens Monday

It’s March Madness — legislative election style.

The two-week candidate filing period opened Monday morning, running through 5 p.m. on March 15.

All 105 legislative seats will be on the ballot, in the May 21 primary elections and the Nov. 5 general election. And even though the filing period is just getting started, the election is well underway.

Some incumbents and challengers have already raised tens of thousands of dollars for the 2024 election — fueled by some early, big-money donations from special interest groups. Contested GOP primaries are looming for several key members of the House and Senate education committees — such as House chair Julie Yamamoto of Caldwell; House vice chair Lori McCann of Lewiston; Sen. Scott Herndon, R-Sagle; and Sen. Brian Lenney, R-Nampa.

Meanwhile, two members of legislative leadership — Senate Assistant Majority Leader Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, and House Assistant Minority Leader Lauren Necochea, D-Boise — have announced they will not seek re-election.

Check back here throughout the next two weeks for filings updates. And check our new Elections 2024 page for the latest campaign news.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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