State Sen. Branden Durst will step down from the state Senate, effective Dec. 1, “to focus on his family’s needs,” the Idaho Democratic Party announced Wednesday.
For more than two months, Durst had been splitting his time between his Boise legislative district and the Seattle area, where his wife teaches. Durst had maintained that he was still able to represent his constituents.
But according to the Democrats’ news release Wednesday, Durst apparently had a change of heart. “He does not believe he can give his constituents the representation they deserve.”
Durst had been one of two Democrats on the Senate Education Committee. He also was one of two Democrats on a legislative interim committee studying K-12 issues.
Durst attended the first two interim committee meetings, but missed the committee’s final meeting on Nov. 5, citing a conflict with a business meeting.
Boise Democrats will select three nominees to complete Durst’s term; Gov. Butch Otter will select a successor from that list. Democrats are accepting nominations online.
Durst served in the House from 2006 to 2010. He was elected to the Senate in 2012. In recent months, Durst has been an outspoken critic of Idaho Education News.