Campaign news: Another GOP showdown, and a big resignation

Let’s catch up on several items from the candidate filing front:

Rep. Judy Boyle

Another incumbent showdown. Reps. Judy Boyle of Midvale and Scott Syme of Wilder will square off in the May 17 Republican primary.

Redistricting has thrust the two incumbents into the remapped legislative District 9. (A third incumbent, Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, has already filed for the other House seat. Meanwhile, there are already two Republican Senate candidates for District 9: Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell and Jordan Marques of Payette.)

Boyle, a member of the House Education Committee, is in her seventh legislative term.

Rep. Scott Syme

Syme, a member of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, is in his third term.

Harris retires. A significant retirement in the Treasure Valley: Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, will not seek re-election.

Harris has served 10 years in the House. He now chairs the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, and before that, had served as chairman of the House State Affairs Committee.

Rep. Steven Harris

Harris’ move eases some of the logjam in the reconfigured legislative District 22. Three Republican House members live in 22: John Vander Woude of Nampa, Jason Monks of Nampa and Greg Ferch of Boise. Vander Woude and Monks have filed for re-election; Ferch has not.

A rematch. Former state Rep. Jerald Raymond of Menan will take on Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony, in the GOP primary.

That’s a familiar matchup. Hanks defeated Raymond in the 2020 primary to return to the Legislature.

The filing period runs through March 11. Check back for updates.

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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