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Idaho AFL-CIO endorses Larry Grant in 1st CD

The Idaho AFL-CIO, the state’s largest organized labor group, has endorsed Democrat Larry Grant in the 1st District congressional race. Grant, a retired Micron executive from Fruitland, faces Coeur d’Alene businessman Cecil Kelly in the Democratic primary – though most of the focus thus far has been on the crowded GOP primary race, which has six candidates. The Idaho AFL-CIO has about 10,000 members in Idaho.

Dave Whaley, president of the group, said it is confident enough in Grant as a candidate that it’s making the endorsement early. Grant welcomed the endorsement, saying, “Skilled labor is the backbone of this country.”

Current 1st District Rep. Butch Otter, a Republican, is giving up the seat to run for governor.

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

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