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Boise Democrat to challenge Simpson for congressional seat

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Boise Democrat will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District in 2018. The Post Register reports that Aaron Swisher announced Saturday he plans on challenging the GOP incumbent in the upcoming election. Swisher, an economist who works at Clarivate Analytics, faces Peter Rickards in the Democratic primary for the seat. Swisher says he views income inequality as America's biggest problem. The 66-year-old Simpson was first elected to Congress in 1998 and has easily defeated his Democratic opponents in previous elections. Simpson campaign spokesman Luke Kilcup says Swisher's decision to enter the race doesn't change the focus of their campaign.

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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