Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene, says she's not planning to seek a fifth term in the state House of Representatives, so the fact that a proposed new legislative district plan unveiled today puts her in the same district as Reps. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, wouldn't force any face-offs among incumbents. Chadderdon said she made her decision back when she was sworn in for her fourth term last December; she subsequently ended up missing the 2011 session while undergoing cancer treatment, and her daughter, Julie Chadderdon, filled in for her.
“That isn't the reason I'm not running,” Chadderdon said today. “I had made up my mind regardless.” Her daughter, also, has made it “very, very clear” she doesn't want to run, Chadderdon said, “ever, ever.” Chadderdon said when her current term ends on Nov. 30 of 2012, it'll be just two days before she turns 75. “And I think it's time to have someone else,” she said. Her cancer treatment was successful, she said, and she's back to attending legislative meetings in her district now. “I'm looking forward to a good session,” she said. “I feel very good. … I'm almost up to the energy level that I had before.”
The proposed new district, which would be the new District 2, includes just one incumbent senator, Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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