Asked why he’s a Democrat, Grant, 59, said, “That’s easy – John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Frank Church. I’ve always been a Democrat. I remember where I was the day JFK was shot.”
The race already is packed with Republicans, including Idaho Water Users executive director Norm Semanko, former state Sen. Sheila Sorensen, current state Sen. Skip Brandt, and Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez. They’ll face off in May of 2006 in the GOP primary; if Grant decides to run, he’ll face any other Democratic candidates in that party’s primary. Current Rep. Butch Otter is giving up the seat to run for governor.
Grant said he doesn’t expect to announce whether he’s running until September, but after former U.S. Rep. Larry LaRocco decided against making another run, “people wanted to see something happening.” So he formed the exploratory committee. The chairman of the committee? LaRocco.