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Rep. Anderson to leave Legislature next year to focus on efforts against quagga mussels

Rep. Eric Anderson (Betsy Russell)
Rep. Eric Anderson (Betsy Russell)

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, has decided not to seek re-election, so he can spend more time working to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of Idaho waterways. Anderson said he’s already working on that issue “pretty much full-time,” and needs to focus on it. “I feel like my primary job now is on invasive species – I need to do that. I don’t want us go lose our waterways in the Columbia Basin.”

Of his legislative post, Anderson said, “There’s other people out there that can do this and can do it well.” He said, “It’s been an absolute honor to serve for 10 years in District 1. I have enjoyed nearly every day of it.” Anderson, who is chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, said he’s particularly enjoyed serving with fellow District 1 lawmakers Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover. “We’ve made a good team,” he said.

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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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