Horman rules out run for state superintendent

State Rep. Wendy Horman is ruling out a run for state superintendent of public instruction.

Horman’s name has come up regularly in the political rumor mill — with speculation that she would challenge incumbent Sherri Ybarra in the May Republican primary.

But in an interview in this week’s “Extra Credit” podcast, Horman said she will instead seek re-election to her Idaho Falls legislative seat.

Horman is a prominent figure in Statehouse education circles. As a member of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, Horman has taken a leading role in writing K-12 budget bills. She co-chairs a legislative committee reviewing Idaho’s school funding formula, and she was a member of a gubernatorial task force on higher education.

Horman is in her third term in the Legislature.

For now, only two Republicans are running for state superintendent. Ybarra has said she is running, but she has not made a formal announcement. Wilder school Superintendent Jeff Dillon is also running.

No Democrats have filed for the race.

Listen in: The “Extra Credit” podcast will be available later Friday.

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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