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Rep. Perry joins already crowded Idaho congressional race

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa
Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa

BOISE – Rep. Christy Perry said she is officially entering the crowded race of candidates vying for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District seat.

Perry, a Republican from Nampa, announced Tuesday she will run for the congressional seat rather than seek re-election to the Idaho House.

The congressional seat is up for grabs now that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has announced he’s running for governor in 2018.

Other GOP candidates currently in the race include former Attorney General and former Lt. Gov. David Leroy; former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, a Republican from Meridian; state Rep. Luke Malek, a Republican from Coeur d’Alene; and first-time Republican political candidate Michael Snyder.

Perry serves as chair of the House Local Government Committee and a member of the House Health and Welfare and House Judiciary, Rules and Administration panels. She and her husband own a Nampa gun store.

Legislative leaders called on auditors earlier this year to investigate Perry’s travel expenses after she and another lawmaker faced allegations of an extramarital affair. Perry was cleared of any wrongdoing.