The Emmett Republican is all but ruling out a run for state superintendent — but he says there is a “very small chance” he would reconsider.
With Tom Luna out, three candidates have officially entered the race for schools superintendent. But many more are considering a run — or are rumored to be gearing up for a run.
Roger Quarles stepped down this week as Tom Luna’s chief deputy, after six months on the job. And Quarles is ruling out a run to succeed Luna as state superintendent.
Republican state schools superintendent candidate John Eynon recently stepped down from a state officer’s post with the Constitution Party. The party’s acting chairman says Eynon reneged on running under the third party’s banner.
House Speaker Scott Bedke said Luna’s decision to step aside after this term illustrates the state’s commitment to implementing the 20 recommendations from an education reform task force.
It was an eventful and surprising day in Idaho political and education circles. Here’s a quick, real-time look at how the story went down Monday.
For the past year, Luna had told reporters he was planning to seek a third term. His surprise announcement could throw the state superintendent’s race wide open.
The award-winning principal and former teacher from American Falls will run in the May 20 Republican primary where he will face John Eynon.
John Eynon says the Idaho Core Standards are part of the “Democrat Party platform.”
Jana Jones, an Idaho Falls Democrat, previously ran for superintendent of public instruction in 2006, losing a close race to Tom Luna.