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Three vying for Idaho Dems state party chair

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three candidates are tossing their hat in to be the new chair of Idaho's Democratic Party. The list of candidates who have declared as of Friday include party spokesman Dean Ferguson, retired Pocatello attorney John Looze and political consultant Randy Humberto Johnson. The position became open after Larry Kenck announced his resignation earlier this year because of health issues. Kenck had served as the state's party lead since 2013. Vice Chair Jeanne Buell will continue to serve as acting chair until the state central committee votes on a new leader on June 13. According to national Democratic Party rules, if the state party has a male chair, it must then have a female vice chair. The same would apply for a female chair, which would require a male vice chair.

The party reports that people can continue to declare candidacy up to the day of the vote, which will take place June 13, by a teleconference of the state central committee. Here’s some more info about the three candidates who have stepped forward thus far:

Ferguson, 46, is the communications director for the party, and a former political reporter from the Lewiston Tribune. He grew up on a northern Idaho horse ranch and is an avid outdoorsman.

Looze, 72, is a retired lawyer, an educator, and a Vietnam veteran from Pocatello. He has held leadership positions in civic organizations including the Rotary Club, Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, and youth soccer leagues.

Johnson, 36, is a veteran of the Idaho Army National Guard who served a tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He owns a political consulting business with a focus on Latino get-out-the-vote campaigns both inside and outside Idaho. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys camping, hiking and hunting in Idaho's backcountry.

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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