Election Central

‘Focused. Fresh. Conservative.’ Den Hartog seeks to replace Sen. Fulcher

Saying she will take up where Gov. Butch Otter’s primary challenger left off, Republican Lori Den Hartog announced Monday she will seek an open Idaho Senate seat in southwest Ada County, including Kuna. Her website features the slogan, “Focused. Fresh. Conservative.”

Den Hartog’s news release salutes the current senator, Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is challenging Otter in the May 20 primary.

“It is important for me to continue the great work that Senator Fulcher has done over the years with a new and fresh perspective,” Den Hartog says in the release.

Den Hartog is the first candidate to announce for the open seat. She has a bachelor’s from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, with a major in business administration and a minor in public administration. Den Hartog is married, with three young children.

Her release follows:

Lori Den Hartog announces candidacy for Senate District 22

Lori Den Hartog, a 33 year native of District 22 in Western Ada County, has formally announced her candidacy for the State Senate District 22 Seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Senator Russ Fulcher.

Den Hartog is a Republican interested in bringing fresh ideas and conservative family values to the State Legislature as a representative of the citizens in District 22.  “Living in District 22 nearly all my life has given me a unique perspective on the needs and challenges that Idahoans face every day,” Den Hartog notes.  “It is important for me to continue the great work that Senator Fulcher has done over the years with a new and fresh perspective.”

Lori knows the importance of a citizen-led legislature.  She states, “All citizens of Idaho are called to participate actively in our local and federal governmental processes. This is an opportunity to contribute to my community by bringing my conservative family values and new ideas to the citizens of District 22 and the great State of Idaho.”

Den Hartog holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Public Administration.  She has held positions with both private and public sector organizations and is excited to bring that experience into the role of State Senator.  “I see this as a great opportunity to play a significant role in a state that I care deeply about,” Den Hartog explains.  ”Compounding my work experience, education, and values will help me effectively advocate for the people of District 22 and the State of Idaho.”

Den Hartog has been married for nearly 12 years to her husband, Scott and has 3 young children, ages 8, 5, and 2.  For more information, visit her website at www.lorifor22.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lorifor22

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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