Eye On Boise

‘This is serious business’

The five candidates are each giving their brief opening statements on why they're running, with just 30 seconds for each. Among their comments:

Pro-Life: "If you murder babies, that's pretty darn serious. ... This is serious business, this government, and that's why I run.

Ted Dunlap: "70 percent of the people that could vote in this election are going to stay home. I don't think they're lazy."

Jana Kemp: "As the independent candidate who cannot be owned by anyone, I stand before you tonight to govern Idaho, because the reign of the good old boys must end Tuesday."

Keith Allred: "Keep the tax burden on Idahoans low and provide a good education for our kids. Right now we're doing poorly on both."

Butch Otter: "We had to balance the budget. ... We are growing the economy. ... I said we were going to push back on the federal government's constant effort to overtake the state's sovereignty, and we have done that as well."

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