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91YO Rep. Henderson Calling It Quits

Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, left addresses about 30 people in a Ground Force Manufacturing Warehouse Saturday, announcing his decision to step down at the end of his term. With him is John Chambers, whom Henderson endorsed to replace him. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

When 91-year-old State Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, announced he would not be seeking reelection, a single applause sounded from the crowd. When those attending realized it was his wife Betty Ann, they laughed. “Guess who made that decision for me?” he said lightheartedly. “No, it's been … I've had just a marvelous 20 or more years in public office. It started here in Post Falls, when a businessman showed up and said he represented the business community and I was publisher of a newspaper of that time. They said they wanted me to run for mayor, and I did.” Henderson made the announcement to more than 30 people Saturday afternoon in the Ground Force Worldwide warehouse on Seltice Way. The politician will be retiring after his 10th year and fifth term as a state legislator, which officially ends Dec. 1/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does Chambers become the prohibitive favorite at this point to claim Henderson's seat?

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