Political Two-Step 

Sure, we've given you a long list of those who will be seeking state office this fall, but the cavalcade of political would-bes continues.

In the last week, Rep. Raul Labrador announced he will be seeking re-election to his District 14 House seat. Shortly after he made that call, former Eagle Mayor Nancy Merrill told the Idaho Statesman that she was not going to run for Labrador's seat, citing family concerns.

Bastian is already facing a challenge from Saundra McDavid, who lost a run-off election earlier this year to Phil Bandy after a hotly contested race for Eagle mayor. McDavid filed as a Republican.

Boise Democrat Rep. Branden Durst has also filed to run for re-election, although he will face a formidable challenge from one of two Republican candidates, former legislator Julie Ellsworth and Gail Hartnett.

It looks like attorney Christ Troupis is tired of just representing politicians. Troupis has filed as a Republican to run for the District 16 Senate seat, currently held by Boise Sen. David Langhorst.

Rep. Les Bock, a Boise Democrat, has already filed for the same Senate seat.

Troupis is the attorney representing a group of Republicans who sued the state in an effort to force closed Republican Party primaries (BW, News, "Lawsuit Limbo," Dec. 5, 2007).

Democratic Garden City Council Member Elfreda Higgins has also come out with higher political goals. Higgins, who was elected to the Garden City Council in 2005, will seek the District 16 House seat B, now held by Les Bock.

Laurynda "Ryndy" Williams is also throwing her name in the race for the Senate. The Democrat will challenge Meridian Republican and Gov. Otter apointee Sen. Shirley McKague for the District 20 seat.

Williams' last political run was in 2006, when she challenged former State Sen. Gerry Sweet for the same seat.

Also making a return to political campaigns, is Kristen Faith Richardson, this time running as an independent for Emmett Republican Sen. Brad Little's seat. Her last run took her up against Republican Rep. Steven Thayn, also from Emmett. Then, she was registered as a member of the conservative Constitutional Party.

Idaho Peace Alliance member and Democrat Sunny Freeman is challenging Nampa Republican Rep. Gary Collins for his District 12 House seat, while Libertarian candidate Marv Gardner will take on Boise Republican Rep. Max Black in District 15.

Finally, Meridian Republican Rep. John Vander Woude from District 21 will face a challenge from fellow Republican Rich Jarvis.

Of course, those are just the announcements that made our press deadline. Check the BW Web site, BoiseWeekly.com, for updates.

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