Former state Rep. Jim Hansen of Boise has been named the new executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party, replacing John Foster, who now works for the Walt Minnick congressional campaign. Hansen is an attorney who served three terms in the Idaho Legislature, headed the Office of Conflict Management Services at Boise State University, and then founded and served as executive director of United Vision for Idaho, a non-profit that, along with Hansen, won the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World” national award in 2005. He’s also the son of former Idaho GOP Congressman Orval Hansen. Keith Roark, Idaho Democratic Party chairman, said, “I am committed to rebuilding the Idaho Democratic Party from the ground up, precinct by precinct, county by county. … Idaho needs a strong and vibrant Democratic Party and Jim Hansen will provide exactly the kind of executive leadership and direction we need to make our voice heard at this critical time.”
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