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Former Micron official eyeing congressional race

He’s not an announced candidate yet, but Larry Grant of Fruitland has formed an exploratory committee to look into running for the 1st District congressional seat. Grant, a Democrat whose campaign activity in the past has usually been behind the scenes – serving as campaign treasurer, fundraiser, or get-out-the-vote volunteer – is an attorney who served as vice president and general counsel for Micron Technology from 1985 to 1995. He’s a Boise native, raised in Fruitland, and a graduate of Fruitland High School, Columbia University and the University of Denver law school.

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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