U.S. Rep. Butch Otter launched his re-election campaign Wednesday in Caldwell, flanked by Canyon County Sheriff George Nourse, left, and former Gov. Phil Batt, right. Otter proclaimed, "I was born here. This is my roots – not only my birthright roots, but my philosophical roots."
Unlike his last campaign, there was no big Boise announcement. Of course, that event in 2002 actually took place not in Otter’s 1st Congressional District, but in the 2nd District. The line between the districts splits Boise, but the last redistricting moved it to the west, leaving downtown to the 2nd District. Otter said that wasn’t an issue for him, as he feels like a representative of the entire state when he serves on congressional committees. Today, he’ll announce in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.
In the GOP primary election, Otter faces a challenge from "Big Jim" Pratt of Melba, and if he defeats Pratt, he'll face Democrat Naomi Preston of Eagle in November.