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A Tuesday election filings roundup

Another coming and going in the crowded GOP race to succeed retiring Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.

Deputy Ada County clerk Phil McGrane filed paperwork on Monday naming a campaign treasurer. This is a precursor to raising money for a run for office.

McGrane’s filing wasn’t a surprise; he has said he might run for the job if Ysursa decided not to seek a fourth term.

McGrane joins state Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale and former state Sen. Mitch Toryanski of Boise, who have also appointed campaign treasurers in advance of a potential run for secretary of state. Denney has formally announced his campaign.

Two of Denney’s legislative colleagues have said they are considering the race: Sen. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian, and Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d’Alene.

No Democrats have announced for secretary of state.

The secretary of state’s most high-profile function is serving as Idaho’s chief elections officer. But one of the office’s policymaking roles is on the state’s Land Board, the five-member panel that manages endowment lands for K-12 and other beneficiaries.

In other filings news, former NFL player and congressional candidate Jimmy Farris has resurfaced, as a potential candidate for the Legislature.

The Democrat named a campaign treasurer on Nov. 18 for a run for House Seat A in the Boise area’s legislative District 16. That seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne.

However, Burgoyne is running next year for the District 16 Senate seat; current Sen. Les Bock, an applicant for a district judge’s job, does not plan to seek re-election. (More on Bock and Burgoyne from the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey.)

Farris ran for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2012, getting 30.8 percent of the vote in a race against GOP incumbent Raul Labrador.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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