Election Central

Endorsement update: Toryanski wins support from 11 Idaho GOP lawmakers

Ten of the 28 Republicans in the Idaho Senate are supporting former colleague Mitch Toryanski of Boise in his bid for the GOP nomination for Idaho secretary of state.

Among those are Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder of Boise and five committee chairmen: Agriculture Chairman Steve Bair of Blackfoot; Transportation Chairman Bert Brackett of Rogerson; Health & Welfare Chairman Lee Heider of Twin Falls; State Affairs Chairman Curt McKenzie of Nampa; and Local Government & Taxation Committee Chairman Jeff Siddoway of Terreton.

One House member, Commerce and Human Resources Committee Chairman Steve Hartgen of Twin Falls, also is backing Toryanski.

Earlier, Toryanski announced that Freda Cenarrusa, the widow of former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, is serving as campaign chairwoman.

Additions to the list of Toryanski supporters were published Friday afternoon by Betsy Russell in her Eye on Boise blog. Toryanski’s list also includes three former lawmakers: Sen. Shirley McKague, and Reps. Kris Ellis and Leon Smith.

Two of Toryanski’s three GOP opponents picked up big names in the last two weeks.

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane was endorsed by outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Gov. Phil Batt. Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, is hosting a news conference at noon Tuesday at the Capitol to formally announce support from Congressman Raul Labrador and Treasurer Ron Crane.

The fourth Republican in the race, former Sen. Evan Frasure has six current GOP lawmakers in his camp: Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis of Idaho Falls, Sens. Jim Guthrie of McCammon, Fred Martin of Boise and John Tippets of Montpelier, and Reps. Kelley Packer of McCammon and Jeff Thompson of Idaho Falls.

Frasure also has former Congressman George Hansen, Treasurer Lydia Justice Edwards and former Lt. Gov. Mark Ricks aboard, along with former lawmakers including Sens. Bob Geddes, Mel Richardson, Lee Staker and Moon Wheeler; and Reps. Claire Cheirrett, Steve Hadley, Randy Hansen, Kent Kunz, Wayne Kendall, Mark Stubbs and Fred Tilman.

Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise will face the winner of the four-way May 20 primary in the Nov. 4 general election. Woodings’ website doesn’t yet list her endorsements, but John V. Evans III, the grandson of former Gov. John Evans is her campaign treasurer.

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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