One more secretary of state’s candidate

The race for secretary of state just gets more and more crowded.

The newest name in the race: Pocatello Republican Evan Frasure. He tells the Idaho State Journal that he will formally announce his bid this week.

Frasure spent a dozen years in the Legislature before stepping aside in 2002 to run for secretary of state, losing to Ben Ysursa in the GOP primary. But Ysursa is retiring after a dozen years in the office, creating a congested race for a successor.

Frasure tells the Journal that his 12 years of experience teaching government and civics in Pocatello schools is a unique qualification for the job. The secretary of state is Idaho’s chief elections officer — although, as a member of the Land Board, the secretary of state also has a vote in public school endowment decisions.

Frasure joins state Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale and deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane in the GOP primary; both have formally announced their candidacy. State Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, and former state Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, are both looking at running.

State Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, is also considering the race.

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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