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Fri., Feb. 7, 2014, 11:11 a.m.

Frasure, Jensen hit campaign circuit

Evan Frasure (Betsy Russell)
Evan Frasure (Betsy Russell)

Former Idaho Sen. Evan Frasure, R-Pocatello, who’s running for Secretary of State, was back in the Statehouse today, passing through along with GOP schools superintendent candidate Randy Jensen of American Falls; the two are headed to Lewiston tomorrow and Moscow the next day, on a circuit to various GOP Lincoln Day events. “We’re both from eastern Idaho,” Frasure said. “I’ve known Randy forever – I was his high school football coach.”

“He’s a quality guy that should be superintendent, as far as I’m concerned,” Frasure said. “I’m honored to travel with him.”

Frasure acknowledged that he’s in a crowded race – announced GOP candidates for Secretary of State so far also include Rep. Lawrence Denney, R-Midvale; former Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise; and Chief Deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane. But he said he likes his chances. Frasure, a former redistricting commissioner, said by his calculations, 43 percent of the Republican primary vote comes from east of Boise, a third comes from Ada and Canyon counties, and 24 percent comes from north of Boise. “I’m glad to be the only candidate from eastern Idaho,” he said, adding, “It helps to have been involved in Republican politics for 37 years.” Frasure was 27 when he first ran for the Legislature.

Frasure said Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, encouraged him to run. “I said, ‘I’m supporting Ben,’” Frasure said, referring to current Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. But now Ysursa’s retiring. “I ran against Ben 12 years ago, and there’s no hard feelings at all,” Frasure said. “He’s been an outstanding Secretary of State. Ben’s set a high standard. I hope to carry on that standard.”

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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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