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Californian among 13 candidates to replace Sen. Craig

Hal Styles Jr. has never been to Idaho, but he’d like to be the state’s next U.S. senator. Styles noted that current Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is leaving office, “as well he should,” and said, “Idaho being one of the 10 best places to live and heavily Republican, which is what I am, I thought, well, this particular man can no longer serve the constituents well, and I can. So I threw my hat in the ring.” Styles was one of 13 candidates to file for the post by today’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, including eight Republicans. The crowd also includes Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, a Republican; former Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco, a Democrat; Coeur d’Alene businessman Richard Phenneger, a Republican; and “Pro-Life,” an independent who legally changed his name from his less flashy former moniker, Marvin Richardson.

Styles said he’s planning to move to Idaho, probably in about six weeks or so, though he’s long been a resident of southern California, where he’s a real estate broker, flight instructor and retired securities broker. By law, Senate candidates are required only to reside in the state on the date of the November election. You can read my full story here at spokesmanreview.com.




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