A Monday election roundup

UPDATED, 12:12 p.m., with news on Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. 

A trio of election-related items for a Monday:

Little’s announcement: On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will announce his plans to run for … something.

Little will hold a campaign fundraising breakfast Wednesday morning in his hometown of Emmett and, according to a news release, “announce his intentions for the 2014 election year.” Little has 19 campaign kickoff stops scheduled for the next two weeks, from Sandpoint to Ashton.

Little hasn’t actually said what he’s running for, and his “Brad Little for Idaho” campaign website is vague, for now. However, Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will be in Emmett for Wednesday’s fundraiser.

Little, a Republican, has been seen as a gubernatorial candidate in waiting since 2009, when Butch Otter appointed the former state senator to the part-time lieutenant governor’s post. Otter has not made a formal announcement, but he has said he plans to seek a third term in 2014, and in August, he named Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry lobbyist Jayson Ronk as his campaign manager.

Little was re-elected lieutenant governor in 2010.

Wasden to run again: Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden would like to stay put; he tells the Idaho State Journal that he will seek a fourth term in 2014.

Wasden was first elected in 2002.

Marley for superintendent? Former state senator Bert Marley isn’t ruling out a second run for state superintendent of public instruction.

“I’m not saying no right now,” Marley, a Democrat, told the Idaho State Journal.

Marley had been the Idaho Education Association’s public policy director, frequently testifying on education issues on the union’s behalf. He retired about two weeks ago, according to the Journal.

Marley ran for state superintendent in 2006, losing to Jana Jones in the Democratic primary. Marley received 44.6 percent of the vote.

No candidates, Republican or Democrat, have formally announced for superintendent. The race is in flux, perhaps, because would-be candidates are waiting for incumbent Republican Tom Luna to make the first move. Luna has said he plans to seek a third term, but raised only $4,750 during the first half of 2013.


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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