Eye On Boise

Smylie's on the stump

Rep. Steve Smylie, R-Boise, a schoolteacher and four-term state representative, has formed an exploratory committee to look into a possible run for state superintendent of schools. “I’ve formed a committee, had a poll done, raised a few thousand dollars,” Smylie said. “I’m months away from announcing anything, but I’m definitely taking a look at it.”

Part of his decision will depend on who else is running, Smylie said, including whether incumbent Marilyn Howard, a Democrat, will be running for re-election. “There are a lot of other things that go into it,” he said. “A lot of it is running your name up the flagpole and seeing who salutes. A lot of it is the money, because it’s pretty expensive to play politics on a statewide level. … When you’re a schoolteacher, you don’t have a slug of money laying around.”

Smylie, the son of the late former Idaho Gov. Bob Smylie, said he’s been as far north as Bonners Ferry and as far east as Idaho Falls and Rexburg, just talking to people. “I’m pretty passionate about kids, and I’m pretty passionate about education in Idaho,” he said. “As a matter of fact, that’s one of the big motivations for me being in the Legislature.”


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