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Boise lawmakers eyeing seat swap

Boise lawmakers eyeing seat swap

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
March 11, 2010
Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
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March 11, 2010

Two Democratic Idaho lawmakers in Boise's 19th District are looking to swap House and Senate seats after this November's election. Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart has already filed to run for the Senate seat with the secretary of state, and Sen. Nicole LeFavour wrote on her blog that she wants to go back to the House.

"I'm planning to go back to the House. I hoped Brian Cronin would fill my Senate seat. But now that's where it got complicated. I will miss many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, especially the four Republican leaders I've come to be quite fond of. Some of the best lawmakers there just hide that humor and others do what is brave now and then when they can, though not as often as I wish."

LeFavour had not formally filed paperwork for the House seat as of Wednesday evening She also wrote that Democrats could hold more seats in the Legislature after the November elections.

"Next year in the House and Senate we could be a larger minority, stronger, more able to work with the more reasonable factions to get things done, to stop the worst of what is killing our economy and decimating more and more jobs. Until then we just have to tell it how it is and make sure voters understand that gutting education was a choice and that if we all get involved this year it doesn't have to be this way."

Two Pocatello Democratic representatives, James Ruchti and Donna Boe, and Coeur d'Alene Democrat George Sayler have said they won't seek re-election this year. Candidates for state and federal office have until May 19 to file paperwork with Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. His office updates the list of declared primary candidates twice daily at his website. (pdf)  Read LeFavour's full announcement on her blog.

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