Perry joins GOP fray in 1st Congressional District

State Rep. Christy Perry made it official, jumping into the free-for-all race in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Perry, of Nampa, filed her campaign paperwork Tuesday morning. She is the sixth Republican to enter the open GOP primary — and the second sitting legislator to abandon a Statehouse post for a bid for Congress.

“I just looked at the field and decided that there may be some good candidates, but there’s probably a better candidate, and I decided to jump in,” said Perry, according to Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Perry is serving her fourth term in the Legislature. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of public administration degree from Boise State University, and is co-owner of a Nampa gun shop.

Perry joins a crowded slate of Republican candidates: former state Sen. Russ Fulcher of Meridian; former attorney general and Lt. Gov. David Leroy of Boise; state Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d’Alene; Michael Snyder of Post Falls and Nicholas Henderson of Post Falls. Two Democrats are in the race as well: Donald Roy Miller of Meridian and Michael William Smith of Post Falls.

The 1st District incumbent, Republican Raul Labrador, is running for Congress.

More reading: Go to the Idaho Education News elections page for in-depth interviews with Fulcher, Leroy and Malek. And check in for more candidate profiles and coverage as the campaign continues.

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