Election Central

Boise Sen. Martin relieved to have Rep. McDonald on board

Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, said Wednesday he’s pleased to have weeks of controversy surrounding former Rep. Mark Patterson over and eager to work with the reshaped District 15 all-GOP legislative delegation. Martin led the call for Patterson to resign, which finally happened Dec. 2o.

Patterson’s replacement, Rep. Patrick McDonald, was sworn in Tuesday on the House floor. Martin and the third District 15 lawmaker, House Ethics Committee Chairman Lynn Luker, were on hand and posed for the photograph below.

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“I was very proud to have a picture taken with the three representatives from District 15,” Martin said. “I believe we have a very, very strong delegation to represent the good people of the district.”

Martin, who was elected in 2012 along with Patterson, said they never quite saw eye to eye.

“Being a representative of the people, you need to listen and communicate,” Martin said. “And to me (Patterson) just didn’t have the ability to listen or communicate.”

Martin said he takes seriously the challenge McDonald will likely face from Democrat Steve Berch, who lost to Patterson by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin and announced Wednesday he’s running again.

“Pat’s got to represent the district well here and then campaign hard,” Martin said. “Berch would have an advantage in the fact he’s run before. He’s worked very, very hard going door-to-door, getting up yard signs and raising money.”

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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