A familiar face in Idaho political circles has been appointed to a seat on the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, recently appointed public school teacher and former state legislator Evan Frasure of Pocatello to the policy-setting body.
Frasure, a Republican, served in the Idaho House and Senate from 1990 to 2002. He teaches social studies and government at Pocatello’s Century High School.
Commissioners serve four-year terms, and Frasure’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation in 2016.
The seven-member Public Charter School Commission is responsible for ensuring the state’s public charter schools comply with Idaho law. Gov. Butch Otter or legislative leaders appoint the commission’s members.
Prior to his appointment, Frasure twice ran for Idaho secretary of state, losing in the 2002 GOP primary to Ben Ysursa and finishing third in the 2014 Republican primary behind eventual nominee and winner Lawerence Denney.
In 2011, Frasure co-chaired a bipartisan redistricting commission that was unable to agree on plans to redraw Idaho’s congressional and legislative district boundaries within its assigned 90-day window. A second redistricting commission completed the work.
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Frasure replaces longtime charter school commissioner Esther Van Wart, also of Pocatello. His first meeting was Tuesday morning.