Conservative lawmaker announces run for lieutenant governor

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, announced on Friday she will run for the office of lieutenant governor in 2022.

Giddings, a former “top gun” fighter pilot in the Air Force, was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2016. This session, Giddings helped lead the opposition to a $6 million federal preschool grant over her concerns that the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and its national affiliate, the National Association for the Education of Young children, would use books and curriculum to indoctrinate children with a social justice agenda.

“I think we need to talk about social justice ideology — that’s what you’re voting for, you’re voting for social justice ideology to be given, through grant money, to our little ones,” Giddings said in March.

Rep. Priscilla Giddings

In her Friday news release, Giddings says she will be a “champion for limited government, a fighter for our Second Amendment Rights, a tireless advocate for the unborn.”

Giddings graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in biology and has a masters in physiology from an online program through California University of Pennsylvania, according to her news release.

Former state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, announced last year his plan to run for lieutenant governor.

Idaho’s Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced earlier this week she will enter the governor’s race. McGeachin has organized the “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education” and it will be co-chaired by McGeachin and Giddings. (Here’s a list of the task force members). The goal of the task force is to root out alleged “teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communism, (and) Marxism” from public schools. The first meeting of the task force is May 27.

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