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More legislative challengers file…

The latest candidate filings show a slew of new legislative challengers filing in the past day and a half; you can see the full list here. Among them: Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, has drawn two Republican challengers, Mark Goodman and Rusty Satterwhite, both of Twin Falls; Rep. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, has drawn a primary challenger, Marla Lawson of Lowman, and a Democratic challenger, Henry Hibbert of Glenns Ferry; and Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has drawn a Democratic challenger, Jon Ruggles of Wallace. Meridian School Board Chairman Mike Vuittonet, a Republican, has filed against Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian; Republican Jeff Nesset of Lewiston has filed to run against Rep. Liz Chavez, D-Lewiston; Democrat Melissa Sue Robinson of Nampa has filed against Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa; and Republican Dan Loughrey of Boise filed to run against Rep. Sue Chew, D-Boise.

There are now three Republicans running for Rep. Jim Clark's seat in District 3, now that he's retiring: Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Fred Meckel of Rathdrum, and Duane Rasmussen of Hayden. And for  the seat of Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, a candidate for Congress, two Republicans have filed so far: Nathan Mitchell of Star and Reed deMordaunt of Eagle.

Also filing today: Republican Kathy Sims of Coeur d'Alene, who earlier served briefly in the state Senate, for the seat now held by Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, who is retiring.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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