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Eye On Boise

‘This is serious business’

The five candidates are each giving their brief opening statements on why they're running, with just 30 seconds for each. Among their comments:

Pro-Life: "If you murder babies, that's pretty darn serious. ... This is serious business, this government, and that's why I run.

Ted Dunlap: "70 percent of the people that could vote in this election are going to stay home. I don't think they're lazy."

Jana Kemp: "As the independent candidate who cannot be owned by anyone, I stand before you tonight to govern Idaho, because the reign of the good old boys must end Tuesday."

Keith Allred: "Keep the tax burden on Idahoans low and provide a good education for our kids. Right now we're doing poorly on both."

Butch Otter: "We had to balance the budget. ... We are growing the economy. ... I said we were going to push back on the federal government's constant effort to overtake the state's sovereignty, and we have done that as well."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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