Raul Labrador announced today that he’ll go on a three-day tour of the state to formally announce his candidacy for governor in 2018, with stops Tuesday May 30 in Boise, Wednesday May 31 in Post Falls and Thursday, June 1 in Idaho Falls. Labrador also issued a news release today announcing his first campaign team member, campaign treasurer Milford Terrell. Labrador's Boise announcement will be at the home of Ted and Jan Johnson; his Post Falls event at the American Legion Hall; and his Idaho Falls event at Melaleuca.
Meanwhile, GOP rival Tommy Ahlquist, who just completed a 97-town, 75-day tour of the state that included 296 meetings, launched a new TV ad today; Ahlquist, a doctor and developer, is the first of the 2018 governor candidates to hit the airwaves statewide. He’s also released a video about what he learned on his tour.
And Lt. Gov. Brad Little announced his campaign coordinators, at least one in each of Idaho’s 44 counties, and more than one in 12 counties. Among the names on the list: Wayne Hurst and Denton Darrington in Cassia County; Craig Smith, Cathyanne Nonini and Dee Jameson in Kootenai County; and Ryan Kerby in Washington County.
All three are running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2018, as is former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who challenged current Gov. Butch Otter in the primary in 2014, taking 43.6 percent of the vote.
Others who have filed initial paperwork to run for the post in 2018 include Lisa Marie, who initially filed as an independent but has now switched to Republican; Democrat Troy Minton; and independents Michael Richardson and John Thomas Wiechec.