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Otter re-election pitch: ‘Ensuring Idaho is what America was meant to be’

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.

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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