Election Central

Boise Democrat Woodings likely in race for Idaho secretary of state

Freshman Rep. Holli Woodings likely will announce Friday that she’s running for secretary of state to replace retiring Republican Ben Ysursa.

A scheduling advisory for reporters calls the noon event an “important announcement” on her intentions for the office.

Perhaps more tellingly, Woodings prompted a mix of knowing nods and puzzled faces on the House floor Thursday, when she used the daily announcement period to remind colleagues that their annual Sunshine reports are due to the secretary’s office Friday. Woodings went so far as to cite the sections of Idaho law that govern campaign finance reporting.


In 2012, Woodings easily won a three-way Democratic primary in her North and East End Boise district with 56 percent of the vote. She won the general election with 66 percent in solidly Democratic District 19.

A renewable energy consultant, Woodings is a graduate of Boise State University and is married, with two young children.

The advisory lists former Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Maria Weeg as the contact for questions. The press conference will be held in the Boise offices of Metageek, which sells Wi-Fi software. Woodings’s husband, Ryan, is listed as “chief geek” on the company website.

Metageek’s offices are on the 3rd floor of the historic Jefferson Place building at 350 N. 9th St., across the hall from the Boise office of GOP U.S. Jim Risch.

Four Republicans are already in the race: Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, former Sens. Evan Frasure of Pocatello and Mitch Toryanski of Boise and Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane.

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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