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Wilder superintendent to run for Idaho schools chief

UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra speaks to reporters Tuesday during a media conference  in Boise, Idaho. Wilder School Superintendent Jeff Dillon was the first to file to run for state superintendent of public instruction in 2018. Ybarra has announced she will seek re-election. (Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra speaks to reporters Tuesday during a media conference in Boise, Idaho. Wilder School Superintendent Jeff Dillon was the first to file to run for state superintendent of public instruction in 2018. Ybarra has announced she will seek re-election. (Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press)

BOISE – Wilder School Superintendent Jeff Dillon has filed to run for state superintendent of public instruction in 2018.

Dillon, a Republican, is the first candidate to file for the position after current Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced she would also be seeking re-election.

Dillon has worked as Wilder’s superintendent since 2012. Previously, he was an elementary school principal, and a middle school science and reading teacher.

In 2014, the schools chief race attracted a wide range of candidates with mostly educator backgrounds and almost no political experience. Ybarra narrowly won the election despite facing a rocky campaign and raising little funds.


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