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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

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Rep. Ward-Engelking to seek Durst Senate seat in Southeast Boise

Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, says she will submit her name for appointment to complete the second year of the term of Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise. “I’m hoping I can be a strong voice for education, but not just that —

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Durst resigning from state Senate

State Sen. Branden Durst will step down from the state Senate, effective Dec. 1, “to focus on his family’s needs,” the Idaho Democratic Party announced Wednesday. Sen. Branden Durst For more than two months, Durst had been splitting his time between

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Boise Sen. Durst living part-time in Washington, says he’s still serving constituents

Boise Democratic Sen. Branden Durst is living part-time in Washington state, where his wife is working as a teacher, KTVB-Channel 7′s Jamie Grey reported Friday. Grey reports that Durst’s Southeast Boise home “looked empty of furniture” last week but that

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Sen. Durst: Don’t believe Luna; he’ll bow out, Quarles to run

Democratic Sen. Branden Durst of Boise is disputing GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s statement Monday that he plans to run for a third term next year. Rather, Durst says in an op-ed submitted to the Statesman Tuesday afternoon,

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