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State Treasurer Crane won’t seek re-election

Ron Crane (Betsy Z. Russell)
Ron Crane (Betsy Z. Russell)

Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane announced this week that he won’t see re-election in 2018 to a sixth term, and will retire instead. “Twenty years is a long time and I've enjoyed it immensely but I believe it is time for someone else to put their fingerprints on the direction of this office," Crane said in a statement to KTVB-TV.  “I will be forever grateful to the citizens of Idaho for allowing me the opportunity to serve as state treasurer.”

Crane’s tenure has been marked by controversy, over everything from limousine use to multimillion-dollar investment losses, but he’s handily won re-election every four years. He’s focused on building up the state’s credit rating, and also launched a popular college savings program and a free annual control-your-finances conference for women.

“I've had a good run,” Crane said. “We have been able to do some awesome things for the state of Idaho and I will look back at those accomplishments with fond admiration.”

Crane served 16 years in the Idaho House before being elected state treasurer, and chaired the House State Affairs Committee; he is the founder of Crane Alarm Service. His son, Brent Crane, is the current assistant majority leader in the House.

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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