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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Steve Berch Rekindles Desire to Serve in Idaho Legislature

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Democrat Steve Berch, who lost to former GOP Rep. Mark Patterson by 6 percentage points in 2012 to represent Boise Legislative District 15, will try again.

Patterson—who resigned earlier this month after it was revealed that he had withheld information about a 1974 guilty plea to assault with intent to rape—has since been replaced by Republican Rep. Patrick McDonald, who was sworn into office Jan. 15.

"Voters in West Boise want, deserve and expect their representative to be honest, hard-working, responsible, and, above all, treat people fairly and with respect," said Berch in his campaign announcement. "I met thousands of voters at their door in 2012 to give them an opportunity to meet me and know who I am. I will do so again in this campaign."

And Berch is no stranger to campaigns. He lost a District 14 legislative race in 2010, and in May 2013, was victorious in his race to become a member of the Greater Boise Auditorium District.

Another GBAD member, Hy Kloc, is already a member of the Idaho House, winning in 2012 to represent Boise District 16.

Meanwhile, Boise Republican Rep. Lynn Luker says he would like to see Idaho legislators hold only one political office. Luker says he's planning on introducing a measure that would prohibit legislators from sitting on other elected panels, which would immediately impact Kloc and could presumably impact Berch.

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