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Malloy says he’ll seek appointment to Patterson’s House seat, just to serve out term

Chuck Malloy, a former editorial writer at the Idaho Statesman and former aide to the House Republican Caucus from 2007 to 2010, has announced he's seeking the appointment to serve out the remainder of the House term of Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, the embattled freshman representative who said this week he's resigning; Malloy said he would not run for a full term in the post. “My aim is not to launch a political career, or walk away with a sweepstakes prize. My sole interest is to provide a service to the people of my district and the state I love,” he said. Malloy said he's one of seven people laid off from the Idaho Statesman just after Thanksgiving, and said the state of Idaho's economy is a big concern for him. Click below for his full announcement. When a legislator resigns, the party committee for that district, from the party of the former legislator, submits three nominees to the governor for appointment, and the governor chooses from among the three.

News release from Chuck Malloy


Dec. 20, 2013


Chuck Malloy, a former editorial writer at the Idaho Statesman, says he intends to seek the House seat in District 15 after Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, resigns. If appointed, Malloy will serve the remainder of Patterson’s term and will not run for the office in next year’s election.

“My aim is not to launch a political career, or walk away with a sweepstakes prize. My sole interest is to provide a service to the people of my district and the state I love,” he said. “I cannot promise earth-moving accomplishments during a single session. But I can promise that I will listen, learn, keep an open mind and work in a positive fashion with my fellow legislators. It would be an honor to serve.

“My only obligation would be to the people in District 15. I would not put myself in a position of voting for bad pieces of legislation in the name of party unity. That said, I agree with the Republican Party’s overall philosophy of keeping spending and taxation under control and I believe I would have a strong working relationship with House leadership going in.

“Some experts suggest that Idaho’s economy is getting better, but I am skeptical of those claims. The numbers of people who are under-employed are of almost epidemic proportions. Many people are losing their jobs through no fault of their own; I know, because my position was one of seven eliminated by the Statesman just after Thanksgiving. Newspapers tend to reflect the state of the economy. If that’s true, then conditions here are not favorable. And Ada County is the land of prosperity compared to rural Idaho. So I’m not looking to create more spending and higher taxes. I’m more interested in exploring ways to make state government better, while living within our means.”

Malloy served as communication adviser for the House Republican caucus from 2007 through 2010, building cordial relationships on both sides of the aisle. He also covered the Legislature for five years while working with the Post Register in Idaho Falls.

He was born and raised in the Silver Valley area of North Idaho, graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School and received a degree in journalism at the University of Idaho. He started his career in Moscow while attending the UI and has worked for other newspapers in Arkansas, Texas and Indiana.

Malloy and his wife, Vicki, live in West Boise and are hosting an exchange student from Denmark, who is attending Centennial High School. He is a member of the Meridian Lions Club and serves as the club’s regional chairman for diabetes awareness.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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