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McGrane vows to follow model of Cenarrusa, Ysursa if elected Idaho secretary of state

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says he aims to follow the example of the last two Idaho secretaries of state, Republicans Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa. Both men are renowned for non-partisan conduct of elections and administration of the Sunshine Law governing campaign finance and lobbyist disclosure.

McGrane, 32, was born in Pocatello and graduated from Boise High School. He has a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Washington,  and a law degree from the University of Denver. He is three credits short of earning a master’s in public administration from Boise State. McGrane is married with two children.

McGrane launched his campaign website and announced his candidacy Tuesday at the Ada County Courthouse, joined by four campaign co-chairs: Republican County Clerks Chris Rich of Ada County, Chris Yamamoto of Canyon County, Kristina Glasscock of Twin Falls County and Joe Larsen of Cassia County.

“For nearly five decades Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa have established a high standard of integrity within the Secretary of State’s office,” McGrane said in a news release. “Their legacy is a model of honesty, fairness, and transparency. Working with all 44 clerks throughout the state, they have ensured that when Idahoans head to the polls they can trust that their votes will count and their voices will be heard. I want to continue and build up on these traditions and serve Idaho as their Secretary of State.”

McGrane will face Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, a former speaker of the Idaho House in the May 20 Republican primary. Also considering the race are former GOP Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Boise Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings.

Click here to read the prepared text of McGrane’s announcement speech.

The news release follows:

PHIL MCGRANE TO RUN FOR IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE

 Boise, ID—Phil McGrane today officially announced his candidacy to be Idaho’s next Republican Secretary of State.  Joining Phil at the press conference in the Ada County Courthouse was family, friends and a number of Republican County Clerks from across the state.

“For nearly five decades Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa have established a high standard of integrity within the Secretary of State’s office.  Their legacy is a model of honesty, fairness, and transparency.  Working with all 44 clerks throughout the state, they have ensured that when Idahoans head to the polls they can trust that their votes will count and their voices will be heard. I want to continue and build up on these traditions and serve Idaho as their Secretary of State,” said Phil McGrane.

Phil McGrane was introduced by Campaign Co-Chairs, Republican County Clerks;  Chris Rich from Ada County,  Chris Yamamoto from Canyon County,  Kristina Glasscock from Twin Falls and Joe Larsen Cassia County.   “Phil has the on the ground experience, temperament and Republican credentials to make a great Secretary of State,” said Campaign Co-Chair Chris Yamamoto.

Chris Rich, Ada County Clerk who hired Phil for the position of Chief Deputy County Clerk added, “The Secretary’s office is one of the most well regarded in the state and is the model for 44 counties to provide transparency and openness in government.  Phil will continue to make Idaho proud as our next Secretary of State.”

“Whether its lobbyist reporting or campaign finance, the Idaho public has a right to know who and what is influencing those that govern them.  I want to work to enforce and strengthen Idaho’s campaign finance laws to ensure the transparency and integrity of Idaho’s government.”

Phil concluded, “As a conservative Republican I believe that the best form of government is local government.  Our right to vote depends on thousands of dedicated citizens who serve as poll workers and clerks across this great state.”

Phil has been married to his wife,  Angella, for 9 years.  They have two daughters.  In addition to helping conduct fair elections Phil is known as a nationally award winning barbecue pitmaster.

For more information about Phil McGrane please visit www.mcgraneforidaho.com.

 

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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