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Why Reps. Hagedorn and Patrick are looking to run for the Senate…

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, says he decided that he'll run for the Senate next year because the new redistricting plan left his new district with three House incumbents and an open Senate seat. “There's three of us in the same district now, and we all three talked about it and who would be best to do what and what everybody's desires were,” Hagedorn said. The other two lawmakers in his new district are House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, who's in his seventh term, and first-term Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle.

Hagedorn, a third-term lawmaker and retired naval officer, said, “This just appeared to be where we could all contribute the most.”

Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, has made a similar decision, reports Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin on her Capitol Confidential blog here. Patrick landed in the new District 25, along with Reps. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, and Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls; that district initially appeared to take in Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, but Brackett said while his mailing address was in District 25, his actual residence is in the new District 23, which also includes Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home; that leaves an open Senate seat in District 25.

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

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