Lt. Gov. Brad Little announced today that Zach Hauge will be his campaign manager, starting June 14. Hauge currently is the vice president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), the business lobbying group. He’s also worked on numerous Idaho campaigns, including serving as campaign manager for 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson.
“Between my current role and previous work, I’ve been involved in over 50 Idaho primary election races,” Hauge said in a statement. “Having worked for Brad Little previously, I couldn’t be more excited to work for a leader who is dedicated to making Idaho the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Little is one of four major GOP candidates running for governor in 2018 – so far. The others are 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador; Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist; and former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian. Among lesser known candidates, Lisa Marie has filed initial paperwork to run as a Republican; Michael Richardson and John Thomas Wiechec have filed as independents; and homeless activist Troy Minton has filed as a Democrat.
Labrador recently announced that Roger and Gayle Batt will co-chair his campaign; Ahlquist brought on former Idaho GOP Executive Director David Johnston as his campaign manager, with Todd Cranney as senior adviser; and Steve Ackerman is Fulcher’s campaign manager. Last week, Little named campaign coordinators in all 44 Idaho counties, including multiple people in a dozen of the counties.
“Zach will make a great addition to the team, and his experience in campaigns and his work in the Republican Party make him an invaluable asset,” Little said in a statement. “It’s the conservatives from Rexburg to Payette, and from Payette to Bonners Ferry that are going to lead us to victory, and no one understands that better than Zach.”