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Former NFL player, Democrat Farris to take on Labrador in 1st CD

Here's a news item from the Associated Press and Lewiston Tribune:  LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Former NFL player Jimmy Farris plans to run in the 2012 Democratic primary race for Idaho's 1st Congressional District. The Lewiston Tribune reports ( ) Farris moved back to his home state earlier this year and has launched his bid for the U.S. House seat, which includes western and northern Idaho and is now represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Farris graduated from Lewiston High School in 1996 and played at the University of Montana before landing in the NFL in 2001. His professional career spanned parts of seven seasons before wrapping up in 2007. Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant says some advised Farris to start off his political career with a less ambitious target. But Grant says he's convinced that Farris is destined for bigger things.

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

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