Tuesday, January 14, 2014

'Nels' Mitchell Launches Democratic Challenge to Sen. Jim Risch

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Boise attorney Briane "Nels" Mitchell is announcing his candidacy today for the Democratic nomination to challenge Idaho Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.

When Risch first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008, he defeated former Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco.

"With Idaho wages at 50th in the nation, it is time for our career politicians, like U.S. Sen. James Risch, to retire," reads a statement from the Idaho Democratic Party.

Mitchell is a graduate of Boise High School, Columbia University and the University of Idaho Law School.

Mitchell is a member of the Boise law firm of Mauk and Burgoyne, which includes Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne, the Idaho House assistant minority leader.

Before joining the Boise firm, Mitchell practiced law at several Los Angeles and New York firms. Additionally, he served as law clerk to Idaho-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Blaine Anderson and was associate regional director for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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