Bert Marley

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Bert Marley
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho State Senate
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Bert Marley was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Idaho in the 2014 elections.[1] Bert Marley lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Marley is a former member of the Idaho State Senate.[1] Following his time in the state Senate, he worked as public policy director for the Idaho Education Association.[2]



See also: Idaho Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Marley ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. Marley won the Democratic nomination without opposition in the primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Little Incumbent 62.8% 271,268
     Democratic Bert Marley 32.9% 141,917
     Constitution David Hartigan 4.3% 18,705
Total Votes 431,890
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Marley's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

A State Government That Prioritizes People

For 20 years, Idaho’s state government has been dominated by one party rule. A lack of checks and balances has created a “pay to play” culture in our state government that rewards political supporters at the expense of Idaho’s middle class. We can’t afford to continue these failed priorities and policies. We can turn state government around, but that turnaround has to start at the top. Electing a new Idaho Governor and Lieutenant Governor will send a powerful message to the politicians in Boise that it’s time to start putting the people first again. We need strong leaders who are hard working, independent, and honest—leaders who will provide opportunities for success to all Idahoans, not just the powerful. Generations of Idahoans before us have worked to make this state a better place for their children and grandchildren. We have a responsibility to pass that legacy on.

An Economy That Provides Opportunities for Success

Idaho’s middle class has been asked to shoulder too much: a higher cost of living, skyrocketing tuition, and climbing health care costs. Not to mention a disproportionate tax burden in a system that rewards the wealthy and politically well connected with tax breaks while passing those costs on to the middle class. Idahoans understand that success requires hard work and sacrifice, but they need more opportunities and a level playing field. The policies of Idaho’s current leaders have created an economy that makes us first in the nation for minimum wage jobs, leaving too many Idaho workers short changed.

An Education System That Puts Kids First

Our education system has been bullied by the politicians in Boise for too long. Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount of money we invest per student. As a result, class sizes are rising, many quality teachers are leaving the state, and fewer students are going on to college. We are currently 47th in the nation for the number of high school graduates continuing to college—a statistic that could prove disastrous for our economy. A quality public education system is the key to success for our students and our communities. Idahoans understand that our kids must be our number one priority. It’s time for state leaders who understand what’s at stake and who are willing to act. [3]

—Bert Marley's campaign website, (2014) [4]

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