Sharon Ullman, who told the Statesman yesterday that she plans to run for governor against Butch Otter in 2010, was inspired to run by conservative blogger Adam Graham. Ullman tells citydesk that Graham suggested her as a viable opponent to Otter back in May (Headline: The Woman Who Could Topper Otter? Adam is not conservative all the time, apparently... or it's a typo...)
Ullman, an Ada County Commissioner, said that on a daily or weekly basis she runs up against laws that can only be changed at the state level, like the way that property value assessments are reported.
"There’s a certain level of frustration in that regard," Ullman said.
She'd like to be in better position to do something about it. Ullman, a Republican in recent years, has supported Otter in many areas, but diverged from the governor in his crusade for new road funding.
“I don’t understand why when we have almost one in 10 idahoans unemployed it doesn’t make sense to me to push for tax increases,” she said.
She is also upset about the prosecution of Chris Pentico, a Mountain Home man who was kicked out of the Capital Annex and barred from visiting the governor's office in 2008. His case was championed by conservative activists and his conviction covered by Popkey at the Statesman.
Graham, for his part, is pleased.
Ullman is redesigning her Web site and will make a formal announcement of her candidacy at a later date.