Posts tagged: Idaho governor's race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former southwestern Idaho county prosecutor who successfully fought off criminal charges including misuse of public funds now says he may run for governor as an independent.
Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak filed paperwork with the Idaho secretary of state's office indicating he's raising money to challenge for the chief executive post in 2014. He also built a web site announcing an exploratory campaign.
Bujak quit as prosecutor in September 2010 after being accused of diverting public funds. A jury ultimately found him not guilty of the main charge, however, though last month he pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge of contempt of court. In an Associated Press interview, Bujak contends he was a victim of politics and pledged to take on what he calls Idaho's “good-old-boy system.” EOB, More here.
Allred is an unconventional Democrat. He had no evident partisan affiliation before entering the gubernatorial contest, and when he did, he made it clear to party leaders that his alignment with them would be on his terms, not theirs. He has a doctorate in conflict resolution – not a bad calling in the world of politics – and taught it at Columbia University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As the founder and president of Common Interest, a public-issue citizen group, Allred understands the value of engaging the public in problem-solving and consensus-building efforts. Such an approach, which he has regularly practiced in Common Interest, won’t work magic, but it has a good chance to build badly needed public trust/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.
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