Election Central

Rep. Ward-Engelking tops list for vacant Boise Senate seat

Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking is the first choice of Southeast Boise Democrats to fill the vacancy left by the Dec. 1 resignation of Democratic Sen. Branden Durst.

Ward-Engelking is a retired teacher who was elected to the House last year. The District 18 Democratic Committee was obligated to submit three nominees to GOP Gov. Butch Otter,who will make the appointment in time for the 2014 Legislature’s opening Jan. 6.

The other two nominees are:

Lawrence Crowley, president and director of The Energy Strategies Group, which consults on utility rate, regulatory, financial analysis and business development.

Elizabeth (Beth) Oppenheimer, Executive Director of Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.

If Otter picks Ward-Engelking, District 18 Democrats will submit three more names to fill her seat in the House. Otter has 10 days from the time he received the nominees to make his appointment.

A Friday news release from the Idaho Democratic Party follows:

Choices To Fill Vacated District 18 Senate Seat Given to Governor

Boise, Idaho—Today, Legislative District 18 Democratic leaders submitted three names to Gov. Butch Otter to fill the state senate seat that was vacated Dec. 1 by former State Sen. Branden Durst.

“We are pleased to report that there is very high interest in serving in Idaho’s Legislature as an Idaho Democrat,” said LD18 Chair John Goettsche of Boise. “We were excited to have a very competent and competitive slate of applicants from which to choose.”

The names submitted to the governor’s office are as follows:

1.     Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, a retired educator elected in 2012, and member of House education and resources and conservation committees.

2.     Lawrence Crowley, President and Director of The Energy Strategies Group, which consults on utility rate, regulatory, financial analysis and business development.

3.     Elizabeth (Beth) Oppenheimer, Executive Director of Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.

Recommendations were made by a candidate selection committee and voted on by members of LD 18 central committee. The central committee consists of elected precinct captains.

Governor Otter is tasked with selecting one of the three options.

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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