Election Central

Todd Hatfield to challenge Brandon Woolf for Idaho controller

Todd Hatfield, who got 44 percent of the vote in the 2010 Republican primary against then-Controller Donna Jones, is running again next year.

Controller Brandon Woolf is now the GOP incumbent, having been appointed last year after Jones was seriously injured in an auto accident. Woolf was first appointed to serve temporarily in May 2012; in October, after Jones resigned to focus on her rehabilitation, Otter appointed him to complete her term.

Hatfield, of McCall, is second vice chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

(NOTE: I was out of the country when Hatfield sent his announcement in June. We’ve had email problems today, when Hatfield’s email arrived in my boss’s inbox.)

Here is Hatfield’s full statement, issued June 11:

Idaho GOP Vice Chair Announces Run for State Controller

Todd Hatfield of McCall has submitted his intent to run for the 2014 State Controller position.  Hatfield held a respectable 44 % in his statewide campaign of 2010 for the same office and has been  increasing  support and recognition since.  Hatfield says his “common sense and practical application of business ownership” together with the” understanding of the proper role of government” will serve him well as a Constitutional Officer for the State of Idaho.  Hatfield is married and has 4 children.

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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