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Otter appoints Michelle Stennett to Senate

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Michelle Stennett to the Idaho Senate seat vacated by her husband Clint’s recent death; Stennett had been filling in for her husband as he battled brain cancer, and is now running for the seat in her own right. Otter said he was making the appointment for the remainder of Clint Stennett’s term “with sadness at her husband’s loss but great confidence in her abilities;” you can click below to read his full announcement. Michelle Stennett was the unanimous top choice of the Idaho Democratic Party’s District 25 legislative committee to succeed her husband in the post.

‘Idaho will miss his leadership’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statement mourning Clint Stennett’s passing, saying, “Clint was a model of civility and bipartisan cooperation  who led by example. I’ll miss his good humor and wise counsel, and Idaho will miss his leadership.” Otter announced that all state buildings will have their flags lowered to half-staff on the day Stennett is laid to rest; click below for the governor’s full announcement.

Clint Stennett dies at age 54

Former Idaho Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett has died at age 54, after a long battle with brain cancer. Stennett died Thursday afternoon at his Ketchum home with his wife, Michelle, by his side. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Sen. Stennett names temporary sub

Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, announced today that his wife, Michelle, will sub for him for the first part of this year’s legislative session. Stennett missed last year’s session while undergoing treatment for brain cancer; former Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson filled in for him. Thorson had also filled in for Stennett for a week the previous year, when he underwent surgery for the cancer.

Stennett said in a statement that his tumors are gone and he recently completed his final chemotherapy treatment, but his recovery is delaying his return. “I am so grateful to be looking forward on this journey and must keep my health and wellness as my focus,” he said. “In the meantime, I am confident that Michelle will do a great job representing District 25. She travels the area with me and has a clear understanding of the issues affecting our communities.” He added,  “I thank the people of my district and this state for their prayers and good wishes on my behalf.” Click below to read his full news release.

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

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