Republican Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale, who was bounced from his perch as speaker of the Idaho House earlier this year in favor of Republican Rep. Scott Bedke of Oakley, will barnstorm across Idaho Thursday, Oct. 24, when he's expected to launch his bid to become Idaho Secretary of State.
Incumbent Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, 64, who was elected in 2002 with 77 percent of the vote and has held the office since, has yet to announce if he'll seek a fourth term.
Ysursa and Denney haven't always been the best of political buddies. In 2012, then-Speaker Denney tried to fire a couple of commissioners who had been tasked with redistricting Idaho's legislative districts when they couldn't come up with new districts that the Republican Party would have preferred. But Ysurusa was quick to refute Denney's action, reminding the then-Speaker that he had no authority to fire commissioners and they could only be replaced if they resigned.
According to internal Republican Central Committee communications obtained by Boise Weekly, Denney "will be flying to three different cities throughout the state, announcing his candidacy for the office of Secretary of State."
Denney has served in the Idaho House since 1996. He also served one term in the House from 1991-92. Denney has been a Southwest Idaho farmer since 1972.