Legislative candidates: K-12 connections

(UPDATED, 12:27 p.m. Friday, with Brent Adamson’s filing).

While tracking legislative campaign filings the past two weeks, I’ve noticed a few familiar names: candidates with ties to K-12 education.

This isn’t necessarily an all-inclusive list. If I’ve missed someone, please send me an email:

Brent Adamson. The Basin School District trustee, Boise County assessor and Idaho City Republican is one of two primary challengers to Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett of Challis. Barrett is seeking a 12th term in District 8. Merrill Beyeler of Leadore is also running in the GOP primary. Stanley Democrat Jocelyn Francis Plass is also in the field.

Ryan Kerby. The New Plymouth School District superintendent is running on the GOP ticket in District 9. He’s running to succeed state Rep. Lawerence Denney, who is running for secretary of state. Also in the running: Payette Republican Howard Rynearson and Weiser Democrat Steve Worthley.

Travis Manning. The Caldwell teacher has announced plans to run again for the House in District 10, on the Democratic ticket. Manning has not yet formally filed paperwork to run. Incumbent Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, is seeking a second term.

Leif Skyving. The Caldwell School Board member is making another run for Legislature in District 10. He’s running on the Democratic ticket for the House seat now held by retiring Rep. Darrell Bolz. Caldwell Republican Greg Chaney is also running in this open race, as is Caldwell independent Gordon Counsil.

John McCrostie. The Garden City Democrat, a music teacher, is running for a House seat in District 16. Incumbent Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, is running for state Senate. Boise Democrat Jimmy Farris, a former congressional candidate, is also in the race. Boise Republican Rosann Wiltse has also filed for the open seat.

Troy Rohn. The Boise School Board member is taking another run for a House seat in District 19. He’s running for the House seat now held by Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, a secretary of state’s candidate. Melissa Wintrow is also running in the Democratic primary.

Catherine Talkington. The retired high school teacher and Twin Falls Democrat is challenging Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, who is seeking a fourth term in District 24.

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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