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McKenzie releases endorsements; court candidates to debate Fri. night on statewide TV

Sen. Curt McKenzie, who is running in a four-way race for a nonpartisan position as a justice on the Idaho Supreme Court, called a press conference this week to announce his list of endorsements, who include 35 GOP state senators and representatives. McKenzie also said he’s been endorsed by five interest groups: National Rifle Association, Idaho Chooses Life, the Idaho Farm Bureau, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Professional Firefighters of Idaho.

 “I am humbled by this broad base of support from elected leaders and Idaho organizations,” he said. Also on his list of endorsements: McKenzie’s dad, Ray McKenzie of Nampa. You can see the full list on his website here.

McKenzie’s announcement follows that of rival Clive Strong, who on April 21 held a press conference with supporters to release a list of more than 200 endorsements, including people from both parties and all parts of the state. Among them were former Idaho governors, current and former speakers of the Idaho House, and both the surface and groundwater users in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, who form the two sides of a major water dispute in which Strong has served as the state’s lead attorney.

The other two candidates for the high court are Rupert attorney Robyn Brody and Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez of Nampa. All four candidates will face off in a statewide debate tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on Idaho Public Television, co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club, the League of Women Voters of Idaho and Idaho Public TV.

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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