Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher’s primary challenge to two-term GOP incumbent Gov. Butch was not expected to draw a large number of Republican officials, but he has managed support from five sitting lawmakers, two retired legislators and one former lawmaker who’s now a county commissioner.
The five-term Meridian lawmaker announced his team in a news release Wednesday, marking his filing official candidate papers with the secretary of state’s office for the May 20 primary.
The five sitting GOP lawmakers with Fulcher are his House counterpart, GOP Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude of southwest Ada County, Sen. Steve Thayne of Emmett, Sen. Monty Pearce of New Plymouth, Sen. Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens and Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale.
Also on board: Former Sen. Darrel McRoberts, who represented the Magic Valley and now lives in Meridian, former Rep. Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls and former senator and Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt.
Among Fulcher’s North Idaho team is former GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, whose 2010 campaign was backed by First Lady Lori Otter, then co-chair of “Republican Women for Ward.” Ward lost to now-Congressman Raul Labrador, who overcame the GOP establishment to upset Ward.
In Southeast Idaho, Fulcher has help from former State Board of Education member Karen McGee of Pocatello and BYU-Idaho economics professor Ron Nate, who chaired the Republican Party committee that oversaw the first presidential caucus in 2012.
Fulcher’s news release follows with the complete list of campaign leadership. (NOTE: The misspelling Vander Woude’s name is the campaign’s error).
Today, I filed to become a candidate for Idaho’s next Governor. I stand with the majority of Idahoans who believe that Idaho’s position near the bottom of many social and economic measures is unacceptable. Idahoans deserve better.
As a State Senator, full time husband and father, and a career in the high-tech industry, I know there is a better path to lead our State – a path where government serves the people, not the other way around.
Idahoans deserve a governor who shares their values and is willing to put the interest of the people ahead of the interests of the same political operatives that have run Idaho for decades.
Joining me in this effort to take Idaho back is the following team:
Steve Vick, State Senator
Vaughn Ward, CEO, Northwest Specialty Hospital
Skip Brandt, Idaho County Commissioner
Jake Uhlenkott, Construction Management
Hon. Judy Boyle, State Representative
Leiann Snyder, Business Owner
Rep. John and Judy Vanderwoude, Business owners
Hon. Darrel McRoberts, Former State Senator
Bibianna Nertney, Public Information Officer
Jack Oyler, Vice Chair, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife
Darr & Dorothy Moon, Owner, Moon & Associates
Hon. Janice McGeachin, Former State Representative
Hon. Karen McGee, Former Member of Board of Education
Mike Adams, Advertising and Public Relations Professional
Brad Christensen, Investment Advisor
Dr. Ron Nate, Professor
Teachers for Fulcher
Shelly Andrus, Chairwoman
Doctors and Healthcare Providers for Fulcher
Dr. Ron Rock, Chairman
Veterans for Fulcher
COL. Jim Silsby, (Ret) Chairman
Sportsmen for Fulcher
Jack Oyler, Chairman
Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairymen for Fulcher
Rep. John Vanderwoude, Chairman
Pro-Life Coalition for Fulcher
Rev. Daniel Isaac Tellez
Pro-2nd Amendment Coalition for Fulcher
Tony Snesko, Chairman
Tea Party for Fulcher
Bob Nugebauer, Chairman
Elected Officials for Fulcher
Rep. Judy Boyle, Chairwoman
Education (pro-local control) Coalition for Fulcher
Stephanie Zimmerman, Co-Chair
Sen. Steve Thayn, Co-Chair
Young Republicans for Fulcher
Brenden Gault, Youth Chairman
College Students for Fulcher
Nick Ferronato, Chairman
Pro-Natural Resources Coalition for Fulcher
Sen. Monty Pearce, Chairman