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.