Candidate filings, 3.3.20: Race to replace Mortimer gets more crowded

Some Day Two highlights from the two-week 2020 candidate filing period:

  • The race to replace Senate Education Committee Chairman Dean Mortimer is getting crowded. Former state Rep. Jeff Thompson, an Idaho Falls Republican, filed to run for Mortimer’s Senate seat. Two other Republicans, Adam Frugoli and Kevin Cook, have announced their plans to run, but have not formally filed paperwork.
  • Also in Idaho Falls’ legislative District 30, Rep. Wendy Horman has filed to run for a fifth term. She is a vice chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, playing an instrumental role in writing K-12 budget bills.
  • Three members of the Senate Education Committee have filed their paperwork to run again: Sens. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian; Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise; Chuck Winder, R-Boise. All three senators have worked on the legislative committee trying to rewrite Idaho’s school funding formula. Ward-Engelking also sits on JFAC.
  • Four more House Education Committee members have filed for re-election: Reps. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle; Gary Marshall, R-Idaho Falls; Jerald Raymond, R-Menan; and Tony Wisniewski, R-Post Falls. Counting Monday’s filings, eight of the 15 members of House Education have already filed for re-election.
  • Middleton school trustee Kirk Adams filed to run for a House seat in Canyon County’s District 11. Adams, a Republican, will challenge first-term Rep. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton.

The filing period runs through March 13. Check back daily 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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