He’s still made no official announcement, but Gov. Butch Otter today put the speculation to rest over whether he’ll seek a second term: He will. Otter filed his candidacy papers with the Secretary of State’s office today. Also filing today were Republican Vaughn Ward, who’s running in the GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Walt Minnick; P. Tom Sullivan of Tetonia, a Democrat who filed to run against U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who’s seeking another six-year term; and Republican Steven Dana Pankey of Shoshone, a Republican who filed to challenge incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Little in the primary. You can see the full list here; the candidate filing period runs through March 19.
Also today, Otter announced that his campaign manager will be Debbie Field, who led his 2006 campaign (she’ll take a leave from her post as head of the state Office of Drug Policy); and he named Sheila Olsen of Idaho Falls as his eastern Idaho regional coordinator, and Kendra Waitley of Boise as his finance director; you can read his press release naming the staffers here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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