Election Central

Wasden to announce bid for fourth term as Idaho attorney general

Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will formally announce his re-election campaign Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. outside his office on the 2nd floor of the Statehouse.

Wasden was elected in 2002, defeating Democrat Keith Roark with 58 percent of the vote. He won 62 percent over Democrat Bob Wallace in 2006 and was unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2010.

No candidate, Democrat or Republican, has yet announced a challenge to Wasden. His campaign website appears to be awaiting update for the 2014 campaign, with content from the 2010 campaign still posted.

Wasden is a former chief of staff to the attorney general, deputy chief of staff and a deputy attorney general representing the Idaho State Tax Commission. Earlier, he was Owyhee County prosecutor and a deputy prosecutor in Canyon County.


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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