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BSU prof, Boise school trustee Rohn to make second bid for Legislature

oise State professor and Boise School Board member Troy Rohn is running to replace Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings, who is leaving her District 19 seat to run for secretary of state.

Rohn carried 35 percent of the vote in a three-way Democratic primary in 2012, which was won by Rep. Mat Erpelding with 48 percent. District 19 includes Boise’s Downtown, North End and East End neighborhoods.

Rohn, who researches Alzheimer’s disease, says his top issue will be education. He is married with two children.

“After two decades, GOP policy failures to create strong schools are threatening Idaho’s
economic future,” he said in a news release late Sunday. “Idaho needs legislators who understand education from the bottom up and who view a strong educational system as an investment not a cost.”

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The news release follows:

RE: Official announcement of Troy Rohn’s candidacy for Idaho House Seat 19B

Dr. Troy Rohn, a professor at BSU, researcher and Alzheimer’s advocate officially announced his candidacy for the Idaho Legislature, House Seat 19B, which was recently vacated by Rep. Woodings.

In addition to his roles as a professor and internationally known researcher in Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Rohn also serves on the Boise School District Board of Trustees where he helps govern the 45 schools and over 26,000 students in the district. Dr. Rohn also serves as a board member for the North End Neighborhood Association, the Leadership Counsel for the Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and was one of the founding committee members for the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG). Last spring, IAPG successfully passed through the legislature a statewide strategic plan for Alzheimer’s disease. Education will be the top issue of his campaign.

“After two decades, GOP policy failures to create strong schools are threatening Idaho’s
economic future. Idaho needs legislators who understand education from the bottom up and
who view a strong educational system as an investment not a cost. To grow our economy and
generate a highly skilled work force, it’s our responsibility to reinvest in our schools. With my 14 plus years of experience as a professor at Boise State University and my service as a BSD Board Trustee, I have the necessary leadership skills to move education forward in Idaho.”

Rohn’s endorsements include 2014 gubernatorial candidate, A.J. Balukoff, Jim Walker,
Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Boise Auditorium District and Boise City Councilman, TJ Thomson.

For more information, visit www.votetroyrohn.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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