Gov. Butch Otter made his plans official on Monday – the Republican is seeking a third term as the state’s chief executive.
In lieu of a campaign rally or speech, Otter filed his candidacy paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office and issued a campaign press release.
Otter also named county co-chairs who will help with his re-election efforts.
“It’s been a great honor to serve the citizens of Idaho as your governor for the past seven years,” Otter said in his press release. “I’m both humbled and inspired by the strong support of Idaho voters and the tireless work of the Otter for Idaho team. With their help, and holding firmly to Idaho’s conservative values, we will continue to make Idaho the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.
Otter faces a challenge from Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, in the May 20 Republican Primary.
Legislators who have signed on to play an official role in Otter’s re-election efforts include House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee Co-chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.