Boise Bench Democrats begin constituent meetings Tuesday night

Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk and Democratic Reps. Sue Chew and John Gannon begin their annual in-session constituent meetings Tuesday with the first of four public forums at the Borah High School Library, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beginning Jan. 21, the District 17 trio will hold weekly office hours from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Borah Career Center. The Tuesday office hours will continue through the end of the 2014 legislative session, except on the four nights when the trio holds public forums.

The other three forum meetings also are scheduled 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

Feb. 11, Horizon Elementary School Library

March 18, Monroe Elementary School Library

April 8, Whitney Elementary School Library


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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