“Am I running? Absolutely, no question,” Casey said. But he hadn’t actually meant to launch his campaign last summer. He was with his “very good friend” state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, at a public event, and Jorgenson, who had been encouraging Casey to run, introduced him as a candidate. That spilled the beans.
Casey said he’s tried to stay out of politics over the years, because of his role as a high school principal. “So I’ve made it a point not to be politically outspoken,” he said. “Now on education issues, that’s a little different story.” But now, at age 56, he said, “I think I can make a difference in education in the state of Idaho after 34 years of being a teacher, coach, principal.” He doesn’t plan to take off work to campaign, however. “I can’t not work and I can’t not do this. It’d be four years before it comes around again.” Casey said he’ll work with his school board to figure out how best to balance the two. He expects to formally announce his candidacy before Thanksgiving.
Though Steve Casey hasn’t been politically active, his brother Greg Casey certainly has. Now a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, Greg Casey is the former head of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.