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Carlson: Iconic Darrington Retires

With his closely cropped hair resembling a military buzz cut one would think Denton Darrington (pictured) was a former U.S. Marine. He’s not, but he is the living personification of the Marine motto —Semper Fi (Always faithful) — with his fidelity to family, friends, LDS faith, his state and country, the Idaho legislature and the teaching profession. After a record 30 years of service in the state senate, Denton is leaving and returning to his farm full-time since he also retired from the classroom, having been an educator for 33 years. The people of Idaho in general and supporters of education in particular owe him a solid vote of gratitude for a job well done. Rather than run against good friend State Senator Dean Cameron (R-Rupert), chair of the powerful Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, when redistricting combined their districts, Darrington, true to his genuine modesty, chose to retire/Chris Carlson, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Will you be missed at your workplace when you retire?

30-Year Senator Darrington To Retire

Sen. Denton Darrington (pictured), R-Declo, who in his 30th year in the Senate is the longest-serving senator in Idaho history, has announced that he won't seek re-election. “I would like to thank my constituents who have so generously supported me in the State Senate,” Darrington said in a news release. “My wife and I have long considered the appropriate time for me to retire from the senate. That time is now.” You can read Darrington's full news release here; had he sought re-election, he'd have been in a face-off with Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, who is in the same new legislative district/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Do you think Darrington retired because his time had come to do so — or did he retire rather than face Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron?

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