Election Central

Rep. Woodings eyeing statewide race, Farris to seek Idaho House seat

Boise Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings may run for Idaho secretary of state next year and 2012 Democratic congressional nominee Jimmy Farris says he will seek a House seat in northwest Boise and Garden City.

The Boise Weekly reported both developments, with Woodings saying she hasn’t decided and Farris saying he’ll run.

Woodings, a first-year lawmaker representing Boise’s North and East Ends, says she is considering the race to replace retiring Republican Ben Ysursa. “I would expect an announcement from a Democrat within the next couple of weeks—certainly before the legislative session,” Woodings told the Weekly’s George Prentice.

Prentice writes that Farris will have to defeat incumbent Rep. Grant Burgoyne, the Assistant House Democratic Leader.

But Burgoyne is expected to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Les Bock. Bock told the Statesman in August that he will retire next year and Burgoyne said he would run for the seat.

Farris, who got 31 percent of the vote against GOP Congressman Raul Labrador in 2012, looks to have at least one opponent in the Democratic primary.

John McCrostie also has filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to form a campaign committee. McCrostie beat Farris to the punch, naming former Ada County Clerk Dave Navarro, a longtime Republican, as his treasurer Sept. 17. Farris filed Nov. 18, appointing himself as treasurer.

The secretary of state’s race could be crowded on the GOP side, with former House Speaker Lawerence Denney already in the contest and former Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane considering the prospect.


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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