Election Central

McGrane adds more Idaho GOP establishment support: Donna Jones

Republican secretary of state candidate Phil McGrane was endorsed Friday by former Idaho controller and House Revenue & Taxation Committee Chairwoman Donna Jones.

“From his first day on the job our next secretary of state needs to be ready to oversee the elections process, lobbyist and campaign reporting, business filings and work with the other constitutional officers on the Land Board to make the best decisions for our state,” Jones said in a news release. “Phil McGrane’s background and experience makes him the only qualified candidate in this race that can get the job done.”

McGrane is chief deputy clerk in Ada County. He faces Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale, a former House Speaker, and former Sens. Mitch Toryanski of Boise and Evan Frasure of Pocatello in the May 20 primary. The winner will contest Boise Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings in the Nov. 4 general election.

Last week, McGrane was endorsed by outgoing GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former GOP Gov. Phil Batt.

Jones, also a Republican, was in the Idaho House from 1987 to 1998. Elected controller in 2006 and re-elected in 1998, she oversaw the state’s books, payroll and payment system until her resignation in October 2012. Jones resigned after a serious car accident in May 2012 required spinal surgery and lengthy rehabilitation.

McGrane’s news release follows. (NOTE: I’ve corrected the Jones quote above to conform with newspaper style; the release below is unchanged.)

FORMER STATE CONTROLLER DONNA JONES SAYS MCGRANE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB

“Phil’s background and experience makes him the only qualified candidate in this race,” says Donna Jones

BOISE — The Phil McGrane for Secretary of State campaign today announced that former State Controller and Legislator Donna Jones had joined a growing number of stalwart Republicans who have endorsed McGrane’s candidacy.

“The Secretary of State’s office plays a vital, daily role for Idaho and there is no time for someone without genuine experience to master the steep learning curve this position entails. From his first day on the job our next Secretary of State needs to be ready to oversee the elections process, lobbyist and campaign reporting, business filings and work with the other constitutional officers on the land board to make the best decisions for our state. Phil McGrane’s background and experience makes him the only qualified candidate in this race that can get the job done,” said Donna Jones.

Commenting on receiving today’s endorsement, Phil McGrane said, “Donna Jones is a stalwart in Republican politics and someone who has dedicated many years of her life to public service. She has been a role model not only for Republican women, but for all who want to serve in public office. Her sincerity and devotion to the people of Idaho are examples for me to follow when I am elected. I am grateful for her endorsement.”

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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