In a new fundraising letter, Republican Gov. Butch Otter outlines his “commonsense, conservative policies” and says post-recession job growth has rebounded because state government “is not an impediment to job creation.”
Otter, 71, says he is seeking a third four-year term next year but has yet to make a formal announcement. The fundraising appeal recounts his governing philosophy: “Efficiency. Frugality. Accountability. Common sense. Those have been the watchwords of my administration.”
Otter also touches on his Idaho roots, education, Army National Guard service and 30 years at the J.R. Simplot Co. He affirms his support for gun rights and vows to “keep striving to improve our schools.”
“That means world-class instructional opportunities for our kids everywhere in Idaho, and a strong, accessible postsecondary education system for our workforce,” Otter writes.
Added Otter: “Throughout my time as governor, I have been committed to ensuring Idaho is what America was meant to be — a place where everyone has the opportunity to live up to their own best potential. That remains my goal, both for our citizens and our state.”
Otter has yet to draw opposition in the May GOP primary or from the minority party but Boise School Board President A.J. Balukoff has said he is considering running as a Democrat.