Who’s in? Tracking the 2018 candidate filings

(UPDATED: Friday, March 9, 6:45 p.m.)

Idaho’s campaign filing period ended at 5 p.m., with a few Friday afternoon surprises.

Among the comings and goings:

  • Boise Republican Julie Ellsworth, a former member of Idaho House GOP leadership, jumped into the open race for state treasurer.
  • The already crowded GOP race for lieutenant governor has a sixth candidate, Rebecca Arnold of Boise, an Ada County Highway District commissioner.
  • Several prominent legislators drew last-minute opponents, including state Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise.
  • Former House Minority Leader John Rusche will take on Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston. Kingsley ousted Rusche in 2016, after Rusche narrowly won re-election in 2014.
  • State Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, said he will not seek re-election, citing health issues. The prominent pre-K advocate has been absent through much of the 2018 session. Five Democrats and a Republican have filed for his legislative seat.

Here’s our updated list of filings for state and congressional offices, and key legislative seats.

STATEWIDE OFFICES

Governor

Tommy Ahlquist, Republican, Boise; Harley Delano Brown, Republican, Nampa; Dalton Ben Cannady, Republican, Boise; U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, Republican, Boise; Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Republican, Emmett; Lisa Marie, Republican, Boise; Steve Pankey, Republican, Twin Falls; A J Balukoff, Democrat, Boise; Peter Dill, Democrat, Emmett; Paulette Jordan, Democrat, Plummer; Bev “Angel” Boeck, Libertarian, Boise.

Incumbent Butch Otter, Republican, is not seeking re-election.

Lieutenant governor

Rebecca W. Arnold, Republican, Boise; state Sen. Marv Hagedorn, Republican, Meridian; Janice McGeachin, Republican, Idaho Falls; state Sen. Bob Nonini, Republican, Coeur d’Alene; state Rep. Kelley Packer, Republican, McCammon; Steve Yates, Republican, Boise; Kristin Collum, Democrat, Boise; Jim Fabe, Democrat, Sun Valley.

Incumbent Brad Little, Republican, is running for governor.

Superintendent of public instruction

Jeff Dillon, Republican, Wilder; Sherri Ybarra, Republican, Mountain Home (incumbent); Allen Humble, Democrat, Boise; Cindy Wilson, Democrat, Meridian.

Attorney general

Lawrence Wasden, Republican, Nampa (incumbent); Bruce S. Bistline, Democrat, Boise.

Controller

Brandon D. Woolf, Republican, Boise (incumbent). Unopposed.

Secretary of State

Lawerence E. Denney, Republican, Midvale (incumbent); Jill Humble, Democrat, Boise; Joseph J.P. Chastain, Democrat, Boise.

Treasurer

Julie A. Ellsworth, Republican, Boise; Tom Kealey, Republican, Boise; Vicky J. McIntyre, Republican, Boise.

Incumbent Ron Crane, Republican, is not seeking re-election.

CONGRESS

1st Congressional District

Russ Fulcher, Republican, Meridian; Alex Gallegos, Republican, Nampa; Nick Henderson, Republican, Post Falls; David H. Leroy, Republican, Boise; state Rep. Luke Malek, Republican, Coeur d’Alene; state Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa; Michael Snyder, Republican, Bonners Ferry; Christina McNeil, Democrat, Boise; Michael W. Smith, Democrat, Post Falls; James Vandermaas, Democrat, Eagle; W. Scott Howard, Libertarian, Post Falls; Pro-Life, Constitution, Letha.

Incumbent Raul Labrador, Republican, is running for governor.

2nd Congressional District

Mike Simpson, Republican, Boise (incumbent); Peter Rickards, Democrat, Twin Falls; Aaron Swisher, Democrat, Boise.

SENATE LEADERSHIP

President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Robert S. Nielsen, Democrat, Sugar City.

Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Mark Johnson, Republican, Meridian.

Assistant Majority Leader Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. Filed for re-election. Opponents: Dale R. Broadsword, Democrat, Rathdrum; Shon Luoma, Libertarian, Bayview.

Majority Caucus Chairman Kelly Arthur Anthon, R-Burley. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Julie Lynn, Republican, Ketchum.

Assistant Minority Leader Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Aaron J. Tribble, Republican, Boise.

Minority Caucus Chairwoman Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: David L. DeHaas, Republican, Boise.

HOUSE LEADERSHIP

Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Jane M. Rohling, Democrat, Eagle.

Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude, R-Nampa. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponents: Gary Parent II, Republican, Boise; Mark Patten, Republican, Eagle.

Assistant Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Minority Caucus Chairwoman Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello. Filed for re-election. Opponents: Kevin James Brown, Republican, Boise; Molly Swallow, Republican, Pocatello; Idaho Lorax Carta, Libertarian, Pocatello.

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Chairman Dean M. Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Vice Chairman Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, filed for re-election. Opponents: Marla Lawson, Republican, Lowman; Kirsten Faith Richardson, Constitution, Letha.

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Aaron J. Tribble, Republican, Boise.

Sen. Carl G. Crabtree, R-Grangeville. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Mik W. Lose, Democrat, Kuna.

Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-Inkom, filed for re-election. Opponents: Alan B. Curtis, Republican, Pocatello; Mike Saville, Democrat, McCammon.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is running for lieutenant governor. Candidates for Nonini’s Senate seat: state Rep. Don Cheatam, R-Post Falls; Patrick Lippert, Democrat, Post Falls.

Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Mark Johnson, Republican, Meridian.

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Chairwoman Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Julianne Young, Republican, Blackfoot.

Vice Chairman Patrick McDonald, R-Boise. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Jake Ellis, Democrat, Boise.

Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene. Filed for re-election. Opponents: Roger Garlock, Republican, Coeur d’Alene; Shem Hanks, Democrat, Coeur d’Alene.

Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, filed for re-election. Opponent: Chase Van Weerdhuizen, Democrat, New Plymouth.

Rep. Don Cheatam, R-Post Falls. Filed for state Senate, legislative District 3. Candidates for Cheatam’s House seat: Kathy Sims, R-Post Falls; Tony Wisniewski, Republican, Post Falls; Dan Hanks, Democrat, Coeur d’Alene.

Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls. Filed to run. Opponent: Jim De Angelis, Democrat, Idaho Falls.

Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth. Filed for re-election. Opponents: Lorrie L. Richins, Republican, Fruitland; Allen Schmid, Democrat, New Plymouth.

Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, will not seek re-election. Candidates for Kloc’s House seat: Rob Mason, Democrat, Boise; Colin Nash, Democrat, Boise; Geoff Stephenson, Democrat, Garden City; George Tway, Democrat, Garden City; Barb Vanderpool, Democrat, Garden City; Jim Silsby, Republican, Boise.

Rep. John A. McCrostie, D-Garden City. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Graham Paterson, Republican, Boise.

Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Paul E. Shepherd, R-Riggins. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Phil Hart, Republican, Kellogg.

Rep. Scott Syme, R-Caldwell. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Josh Gibbons, Republican, Middleton.

Rep. Sally Toone, D-Gooding. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Mike McFadyen, Republican, Fairfield.

JOINT FINANCE-APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Senate Chair Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, will not seek re-election. Candidates for Keough’s Senate seat: Danielle Ahrens, Republican, Sandpoint; Scott Herndon, Republican, Sagle; Jim Woodward, Republican, Sagle; Vera Gadman, Democrat, Hope.

House Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, will not seek re-election. Candidates for Bell’s House seat: Laura Lickley, Republican, Jerome; B. Roy Prescott, Republican, Jerome; Glenneda Zuiderveld, Republican, Jerome.

Senate Vice Chairman Fred Martin, R-Boise, filed for re-election. Opponents: Sarah A. Clendenon, Republican, Boise; Jim Bratnober, Democrat, Boise.

House Vice Chairman Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Jeff C. Agenbroad, R-Nampa. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Carl G. Crabtree, R-Grangeville. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Dean M. Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Lance Kolbet, Republican, Pocatello.

Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, filed for re-election. Opponents: Michael S. Pereira, Republican, Coeur d’Alene; Cory Jane English, Democrat, Coeur d’Alene.

Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Neil A. Anderson, R-Blackfoot. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

Rep. Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton. Filed for state Senate, legislative District 35. He will face Jud Miller, Republican, Rigby. Candidates for Burtenshaw’s House seat: Daniel H. Davis, Republican, St. Anthony; Jerald Raymond, Republican, Menan.

Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, filed for re-election. Opponent: Stephen F. Howlett, Democrat, Bonners Ferry.

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Randy Neal, Republican, Idaho Falls.

Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, will not seek re-election. Candidates for King’s House seat: Brooke Green, Democrat, Boise; Steve Simmons, Republican, Boise.

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, is running for 1st District Congress. Candidates for Malek’s legislative seat: Jim Addis, Republican, Coeur d’Alene; Janie N. Hansen, Democrat, Coeur d’Alene; Rebecca Schroeder, Democrat, Coeur d’Alene.

Rep. Steve Miller, R-Fairfield. Filed for re-election. Opponent: Muffy Davis, Democrat, Ketchum.

Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise. Filed for re-election. Unopposed.

 

 

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