Fundraising for lieutenant governor gets off to a brisk start

Lieutenant governor may be a part-time position, but the fundraising for the opening is off to a fast start.

Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review dove into the Republicans’ campaign finance reports this week. Here’s the breakdown.

Steve Yates of Idaho Falls, the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, has raised $102,473. Former state Rep. Janice McGeachin, also of Idaho Falls, has $75,986, largely in the form of a personal loan. State Sen. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian has $40,108, largely from personal loans or his legislative campaign fund. State Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon has raised $10,275.

The lieutenant governor has few official responsibilities, beyond filling in when the governor is out of the state. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate — and on the rare occasions when the 35-member body deadlocks on a vote, the lieutenant governor breaks the tie.

But races for lieutenant governor draw outsized interest because the post can be a stepping stone to higher office. Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch are both former lieutenant governors.

Current Lt. Gov. Brad Little is running for governor, creating this open race.

No Democrats have filed for lieutenant governor.

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Disclosure: Hagedorn received a $2,500 contribution from J.B. Scott of Boise. Scott is board chairman of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, which funds Idaho Education News.

More reading: Here’s a look at fundraising in the races for governor and superintendent of public instruction.


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