Idaho Dems Pick New Party Chairman 

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The Idaho Democratic Party has selected former McCammon Sen. Bert Marley as its new chairman.

Marley, 67, was chosen to lead the party Aug. 1, following Larry Kenck, who stepped down in May citing health reasons. 

"We have a lot of opportunities ahead for Idaho Democrats because the people of Idaho are ready to put balance and responsibility back into Idaho's elected offices," Marley wrote in a press release.

Four candidates came forward seeking the party chairmanship, and two left the race when Marley entered. Marley was selected for the job over Idaho Democratic Party Communication Director Dean Ferguson.

Marley holds a bachelor's degree from Idaho State University and a Master of Education from Utah State University. He served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1998-2001, where he served on the State Affairs, Transportation, Education, Commerce and Human Resources, and Joint Finance-Appropriations committees.

While serving in the Idaho Senate from 2001-2006, Marley was a member of the Local Government and Taxation, Judiciary and Rules, Transportation, Joint Finance-Appropriations, Education, and Joint Legislative Oversight committees. He also served as the Idaho Education Association's director of public policy from 2008-2013.

Marley drew 33 percent of the vote in his campaign for Idaho lieutenant governor in 2014, losing to incumbent Republican Brad Little. 
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