Election Central

Marley likely to announce race vs. Idaho Lt. Gov. Little

Former Idaho Sen. Bert Marley will announce his plans for a statewide office Wednesday at a Democratic lunch in Pocatello. Talk at the Statehouse and the lineup of already-announced candidates suggest he’ll challenge Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Marley, D-McCammon, is a retired teacher who served in the Legislature from 1998-2006, in both the House and Senate. In 2006, he lost the Democratic primary to Jana Jones for superintendent of public instruction. He then became a lobbyist for the Idaho Education Association and retired last year.

Marley, whose father also served in the Legislature from Bannock County, considered a second run for superintendent this year, but deferred to Jones after she decided to run again.

A Tuesday media advisory says Marley will make an “important announcement” and be accompanied by Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff. Balukoff looks likely to lead the Democratic ticket, which includes Nels Mitchell for U.S. Senate, Rep. Shirley Ringo for 1st District Congress, and Rep. Holli Woodings for secretary of state.

Having a credible nominee against Little could help Democrats as they attempt to chip away at GOP control of all seven constitutional offices, the four-member congressional delegation and 85 of 105 seats in the Legislature.

The media advisory follows:


Pocatello, ID—Press is invited to attend the announcement of Bert Marley’s intentions for statewide office in the 2014 election cycle. Gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff will join Bert Marley for this important announcement.

The announcement will take place during the Bannock County Democrats Political Soup Luncheon.

Who: Bert Marley, former state senator announces 2014 candidacy for statewide office.

What: Press conference followed by Q&A.

When: Wednesday, February 12th at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Labor Temple, 456 N. Arthur, Pocatello, Idaho

(Corner of N. Arthur and Wyeth)

Thank you for your interest and participation.

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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