Election Central

Denney catching up in endorsement race, nabs Labrador, Crane

Rep. Lawerence Denney has won the support of two tea party favorites, GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane in his bid for Idaho secretary of state.

Labrador and Crane will appear at a Statehouse news conference to announce their support at noon Tuesday. The media advisory came Friday afternoon, as Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane added former Controller Donna Jones to last week’s high-profile endorsements from outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Gov. Phil Batt.

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and a number of legislators also are supporting Denney, according to a news release from the Denney campaign.

Denney, of Midvale, was speaker of the Idaho House for six years, until he was defeated by his GOP Caucus in late 2012.

The other Republicans in the four-way primary vying to replace Ysursa as Idaho’s chief elections official are former Sens. Mitch Toryanski of Boise and Evan Frasure of Pocatello. The winner faces Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise in November.

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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