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Boise Democrat launches campaign against Risch

BOISE - Boise attorney Nels Mitchell launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Idaho Sen. Jim Risch on Tuesday, calling Risch an “out of touch” career politician and pledging if elected to serve just one six-year term.

“Six years is a long time,” Mitchell said. “I will give the people of Idaho 110 percent for the next six years, and then I intend to return to private life.”

Mitchell, 60, is making his first run for public office. He noted that legendary Idaho Democratic Sen. Frank Church had only run once, unsuccessfully, for the state Legislature before he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

“When I was growing up here in Boise, Frank Church was my hero,” Mitchell said, noting that Church served as student body president at Boise High School 29 years before Mitchell did the same. Read more. Betsy Russell, SR

How successful do you think Mitchell will be in his attempt to unseat Risch?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.