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Independent candidate’s woes in primary: ‘Looked for you on ballot, you weren’t there’

Jana Kemp, independent candidate for governor, says she was surprised to hear from some supporters that they were disappointed they couldn’t find her name on the May primary election ballot. “They said things like this: ‘I looked for you on the ballot and you weren’t there.’” Independents, of course, don’t participate in the May party primaries; they go directly to the general election ballot in November. Kemp is one of two independents running for governor; the other is “Pro-Life,” the candidate formerly known as Marvin Richardson before he changed his name to the slogan. “It’s just an education for me, having run as a Republican before, to see at an even deeper level how much confusion there is,” Kemp said. “Everyone’s busy trying to make ends meet on a daily basis, and so haven’t taken time to understand what doesn’t seem to be a nuance to me, but clearly is a nuance to the general populace, and it creates confusion as a result.”

Kemp, a Boise businesswoman, author and former GOP state representative, is one of five candidates on the ballot for governor; they include the party primary winners - incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred - along with the two independents and a Libertarian, Ted Dunlap of Kuna.

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

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