Election Central

Brad Little fundraiser to double as benefit for Hope House

Idaho Senate Doorkeeper Al Henderson is famed for his backyard barbecue fundraisers for Republican candidates. On Aug. 28, Henderson is hosting an event for Lt. Gov. Brad Little‘s re-election bid.

Little faces Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik in the May primary. The winner will face Democrat Bert Marley in November.

Henderson said Little wanted to add a benefit for a charity and the choice is Hope House in Marsing.

Henderson is soliciting donations, hoping to have 250 items for auction to support the institution started in 1973 by Donnalee Velvick-Lowry. Hope House is home to children ages 6 to 18 who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families.

So far, Henderson has received autographed footballs, quilts, firearms and other items  toward his goal but needs more donations. The charity is a favorite of Henderson’s, in part because he shepherded eight Hope House girls on a daylong tour of Washington, D.C., in the 1990s when Henderson ran the Senate Resource Center for GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Dirk Kempthorne.

He also accompanied the girls on their flight back home. “There wasn’t a foul word among them,” Henderson said. “They were delightful and well-behaved.”

Henderson is accepting donations until July 15. To contact him, email alfieh1938@yahoo.com.

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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