Sirens & Gavels

Boyfriend of Resort victim ran for Idaho Senate

Check out my story here for new information on the tragic death at the Coeur d'Alene Resort last week. UPDATE: Hambrice's blood-alcohol level was .23, police said Wednesday.

The article includes comments from a colleague of Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice at Louisiana State University.

What the article doesn't include is more information on her boyfriend, identified by police as 38-year-old Ian E. James.

Space constraints prevented the info from making the print edition, but what we found portrays James as a real go-getter.

Newspaper archives show James, who lives in Baton Rouge with Hambrice and was in North Idaho to attend his 20th class reunion at Kellogg High School, ran for the Idaho state Senate in 1996, when he was a 25-year-old financial consultant with Metropolitan Life in Spokane.

He graduated from University of Idaho in 1994, interned for former Rep. Larry LaRocco, served as president of the UI political science student association, and was a UI students senator.

He was raised by Democrat parents in Kellogg and listed his issues as cutting government spending and increasing efficiency and combining Kootenai County's school district into one district.

He supported a one-percent initiative, described himself as pro-business and a social moderate who favored abortion rights and a crackdown on welfare fraud.

James challenged District 2 state senator Clyde Boatright, a Republican, in the primary election and lost by a considerable margin, records show.




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