Idaho filing deadline report: 32 candidates file for 7 state executive positions

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March 15, 2014


By Maresa Strano

Boise, Idaho: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Idaho. On March 14, the filing period for candidates came to a close. The primary election is scheduled for May 20, 2014. Idaho has a mixed primary system, wherein the Republican primary is closed to registered members of the party and while the Democratic primary is open to everyone.

Idaho has introduced a new election law that addresses its vast population of unaffiliated voters - that is, qualified electors not already registered with the Democratic, Constitution or Libertarian Party - who have historically been excluded from participating in the closed GOP primaries. A reported 59% of Idaho voters currently fall under this unaffiliated category and are now permitted to affiliate at the polls and vote. All seven state-row seats are current held by Republicans; With this new primary rule, it is unlikely the GOP will lose control over the executive branch.[1]

Five of the seven total incumbents are seeking re-election to their posts this election cycle. They are: Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Treasurer Ron Crane and Controller Brandon Woolf. The remaining two officers, three term Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and two term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, are retiring from their respective offices when their current terms expire next January.[2][3][4][5][6]

Below is the list of the 32 state executive candidates who filed with the Idaho Secretary of State's office in time to meet the March 14 deadline. Democratic and Republican candidates in contested fields will appear on the May 20 primary ballot; unopposed major party candidates and third party candidates qualify automatically for placement on the November 4 general election ballot.[6]


Lieutenant Governor

Attorney general

Secretary of state



Superintendent of Public Instruction

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