Election Central

Rep. Burgoyne makes it official: He’s running for Idaho Senate

Rep. Grant Burgoyne, the No. 2 Democrat in the Idaho House, announced late Friday afternoon that he’ll seek the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Les Bock.

Burgoyne, the assistant House minority leader, represents District 16, which includes northwest Boise and Garden City. In a news release formally announcing his candidacy, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Garden City Mayor John Evans both offer their support.

As I reported in August and repeated Thursday, Burgoyne was expected to run to fill Bock’s seat.

No Republican has yet announced, but two Democrats are vying to replace Burgoyne, Jimmy Farris and John McCrostie.

Burgoyne’s news release follows:


Rep. Grant Burgoyne Announces State Senate Candidacy

Three-term Representative Grant Burgoyne has formally announced his candidacy for the District 16 State Senate seat currently held by Senator Les Bock.  Earlier this year, Senator Bock announced that this would be his last term and that he was supporting Representative Burgoyne to replace him.

In his announcement, Representative Burgoyne said “I have fought to adequately fund education because it is the surest way to create good paying jobs, and a sound economy for our families and community.  I have also fought against one party pay-to-play politics which damages middle class families and forces them to pay an unfair portion of the cost of government.”

Boise Mayor David Bieter congratulated Representative Burgoyne on his announcement, saying,  “Grant has built a solid reputation as a thoughtful, effective and independent legislative leader.  I look forward to his joining the Idaho Senate.”

Garden City Mayor John Evans said, “Grant is willing to listen, investigate and carefully consider the issues that impact the citizens of Garden City and Boise, and I appreciate that.”

Representative Burgoyne’s record includes legislation promoting educational and economic opportunity, protecting the disabled, elderly and other vulnerable citizens, requiring governmental transparency and accountability, and protecting our freedoms from government overreach.

District 16 includes Boise’s State Street corridor from 28th Street to Glenwood Street, Boise’s Fairview and Mountain View Drive corridors from the Orchard Street area to Maple Grove, and all of Garden City.  The General Election will be held on November 4, 2014.



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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