Royce Chigbrow, a CPA and longtime campaign treasurer for GOP candidates, announced today he’s running for state controller – the position that Republican Controller Keith Johnson is giving up to run for Congress.
“It has been a great honor to serve Republicans during my professional career,” said Chigbrow. “With encouragement from my family, friends and fellow Republicans statewide, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for Idaho State Controller in next year’s primary election.”
Chigbrow was campaign treasurer for Republicans including former Gov. Phil Batt and Congressman Butch Otter. Former state GOP Chairman Trent Clark is heading up his campaign, and Batt tops the list of his campaign committee. Batt praised Chigbrow, saying, “Royce’s long record of service to the Republican Party coupled with his experience as a CPA makes him uniquely qualified to serve Idaho as state controller.”
The state controller’s job was held by Democrats for 26 straight years before Johnson won it in 2002. Republicans now hold all but one of Idaho’s statewide elected offices.