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.
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.