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Breaking: Idaho Supt. of Instruction Tom Luna will NOT seek re-election
This tweet just cam in from Idaho Statesman editor Vickie Gowler:
Surprising decision: State School Supt. Tom Luna will not run for re-election. Look for more details at http://t.co/3M7szDw22c later today.
— Vicki Gowler (@vgowler) January 27, 2014
This opens the door even wider for a certain, exceptional Democratic candidate.
— KTVB.COM (@KTVB) January 27, 2014
Luna made the surprise announcement Monday at the Statehouse.
"You will not see my name on any ballot in Idaho this year," Luna told reporters.
The top schools chief said things became too political and it was best to step aside. He still has 11 months left on the job.
REPORT from Boise State Public Radio:
Luna says he's talked with former Republican state Sen. Melinda Smyser, wife of a prominent Capitol lobbyist, about running if he doesn't.
But he said he's not yet ready to endorse anybody.
Republicans already in the race are Grangeville teacher John Eynon and American Falls principal Randy Jensen.
The lone Democratic candidate so far is Jana Jones, beaten by Luna in 2006.
And for a good laugh, check out this early a.m. tweet from conservative "Watchdog"Dustin Hurst:
— KBSX 91.5 (@KBSX915) January 27, 2014
Tom Luna: w/o campaigning, I'll have more time to solidify support for gov. Task force for education recommendations
— Christina E. Lords (@IFPost_Lords) January 27, 2014
10:57 AM PT: "State schools chief Luna won't run for re-election" from the Idaho Statesman -
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