Nonini files paperwork for lieutenant governor

State Sen. Bob Nonini has filed paperwork to jump into the already crowded race for lieutenant governor.

Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer — a precursor to raising money for the statewide race.

Nonini is in his seventh term in the Legislature. He sits on the Senate Education Committee, and earlier this year, he served on Gov. Butch Otter’s task force on higher education. He had chaired the House Education Committee before running for the state Senate in 2012.

The latest filing brings five Republicans into the race to succeed Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is running for governor.

The GOP field includes two other sitting legislators, Sen. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian and Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon; former state Rep. Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls; and former state GOP chairman Stephen Yates of Idaho Falls.

No Democrats have filed for the race.

The lieutenant governor’s job is a part-time position. Duties include standing in when the governor is out of state or incapacitated; presiding over the state Senate; and casting deciding votes on the rare occasions that the 35-member Senate deadlocks on a bill.

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