Boise Democratic Idaho House Rep. Holli High Woodings, launching her bid to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, said Jan. 31 that she pledged to "continue Ysursa's balanced, honest, and principled leadership to safeguard voters' freedoms and to hold candidates and campaigns accountable."
In early December 2013, Boise Weekly first reported that Woodings was closing in on a decision to run for Ysursa's post.
"That's interesting," she told BW at the time. "I've been thinking about it. There would be a significant amount of fundraising that would need to be done."
Indeed, Woodings will need to get going on that fundraising. To date, four Republicans have already announced that they too covet Ysursa's job: Rep. Lawerence Denney, former Sens. Evan Frasure and Mitch Toryanski and Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane.
BW profiled Woodings a year ago as she began her first term in the Idaho House after being elected to serve Boise's Legislative District 19.
“I have always believed that my freedom to vote is the most sacred right I have in our democracy," said Woodings in Friday's announcement. "I know that Idahoans feel the same. I promise to do everything I can to make sure our elections are open and honest and to make voting easy and accessible to all.”
Wooding's announcement took place at Boise-based MetaGeek, which she and her husband own, employing 30 employees.
“Idaho businesses are the key to growing Idaho’s economy,” Woodings said. “I want to do all I can to make sure that they’re not held back by red tape.”