Another showdown with the GOP and a big resignation

Let’s go back to several elements of the candidate submission front:

Rep. Judy Boyle

Another showdown with the titular. Representatives Judy Boyle of Midvale and Scott Syme of Wilder will square off in the May 17 Republican primary.

The redistricting propelled the two incumbents into remapped Legislative District 9. (A third incumbent, Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, has already filed for the other House seat. Meanwhile, there are already two Republican Senate candidates for District 9: Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell and Jordan Marques of Payette.)

Boyle, a member of the House Education Committee, is in his seventh legislative term.

Representative Scott Syme

Syme, a member of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, is in her third term.

Harris retires. A major retirement in Treasure Valley: Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, will not run again.

Harris served 10 years in the House. He now chairs the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, and before that he was chairman of the House State Affairs Committee.

Representative Steven Harris

Harris’ move eases some of the impasse in reconfigured Legislative District 22. Three Republican House members live in 22: John Vander Woude of Nampa, Jason Monks of Nampa, and Greg Ferch of Boise. Vander Woude and Monks have sought re-election; Not Ferch.

A revenge. Former State Rep. Jerald Raymond de Menan will face Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony, in the GOP primary.

It’s a familiar game. Hanks defeated Raymond in the 2020 primary to return to the Legislative Assembly.

The filing period extends until March 11. Check back for updates.

Kevin Richert

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A senior journalist and blogger, Kevin Richert specializes in education policy and education policy. He has over 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television; and “Idaho Matters” on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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