McCrostie won’t seek re-election

Rep. John McCrostie — a music teacher serving on the House Education Committee — says he will not seek re-election in 2022.

Rep. John McCrostie

McCrostie, D-Garden City, announced his decision in an email to supporters.

He said he began rethinking his political plans after the fall, after he ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in Garden City. He said he considered staying in the House, or running for the Senate, where District 16 Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, is stepping down at the end of his term.

“I still find much joy in my classroom with my budding musicians, and I always look forward to returning to them after the session concludes,” McCrostie wrote. “After eight years in the House, I have not found the same joy with this job that I experienced in earlier years.”

In his letter, McCrostie reflected on his journey to the Legislature — which began during the debate over then-state superintendent Tom Luna’s Students Come First laws, overturned by voters in 2012.

“When I waited in line for eight hours over two days to testify for 30 seconds against the Luna Laws, I never imagined that I would eventually carry over 45 pieces of legislation across the floor of the Idaho House.”

McCrostie’s decision somewhat clears the Democratic field in District 16, a Democratic stronghold that takes in Garden City and northwest Boise.

Former Sen. Ali Rabe, D-Boise, has announced she will run for Senate.

Boise teacher Sonia Galaviz has announced she will run for the House on the Democratic ticket.

District 16 Rep. Colin Nash, D-Boise, has said he will seek a second term.

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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