The 2014 race to become Idaho's next secretary of state could get even more interesting in the next couple of weeks: Boise Weekly has learned from a source close to Statehouse politics that Boise Democratic Rep. Holli High Woodings is closing in on a decision of whether to run for the seat being vacated by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, who announced his pending retirement in November.
"That's interesting," Woodings told BW when we asked her to comment on her political future. "I've been thinking about it, but I haven't made a final decision."
Woodings, a renewable energy consultant, was elected to represent Boise's District 19 and began her freshman term in the Idaho House earlier this year. She serves on the House State Affairs and Commerce and Human Resources committees.
"I would expect an announcement from a Democrat [regarding the secretary of state slot] within the next couple of weeks—certainly before the legislative session," Woodings told BW. "There would be a significant amount of fundraising that would need to be done."
Meanwhile, the May 2014 Republican primary for secretary of state is expected to be crowded. Midvale GOP Rep. Lawerence Denney, former GOP Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane have all indicated that they're likely to run for the office.