Sources tell Boise Weekly that Mitch Toryanski is expected to file paperwork Tuesday, Nov. 12, to run for Idaho Secretary of State in the wake of the Nov. 8 announcement from current Secretary of State Ben Ysursa that he would be relinquishing his 16-year grip on the office at the end of 2014.
Midvale Republican Rep. Lawerence Denney has already announced his intention to run for Ysursa's job and another possible rival, Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane is rumored to be yet another candidate.
Toryanksi is currently a military trainer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and served in the Idaho Senate, representing Boise District No. 18 before being unseated by current Democratic Sen. Branden Durst in 2012.
Toryanski told Boise Weekly in 2010 that even though the GOP tent includes far-right fringe elements, he is a "pragmatic Republican."
"There are plenty of people big into theory and philosophy. But I know that it takes resources, personnel, money, time and opportunity to achieve an objective," he told BW. "We don't live in a black-and-white world. I have not been well served by shooting from the hip."
Toryanski is a West Point grad with degrees from American University and the Army War College. He was a small business manager, worked in the Ada County Prosecutor and in the Idaho Attorney General's office, where he wrote an average of 800 briefs each legislative session.