Tom Luna

Tom Luna

Idaho's former superintendent of public instruction is running for chairman of the state Republican Party, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. "I've always been very passionate about the Republican Party and the values that it represents, and the good that those values bring to families and communities, the state and the country," Tom Luna said Friday.

Kootenai County's Jennifer Locke has been the state GOP's acting chairwoman since former Chairman Jonathan Parker resigned in February. Parker was in the news again after he was arrested in Ada County on Thursday and charged with stalking his estranged wife. The state GOP central committee is slated to pick another chairman at its summer meeting in Boise on June 28 and 29, with the chairman vote set for the 29th.

Idaho Falls lawyer and current state GOP second vice chairman Bryan Smith, whose name had also been floated as a potential chairman candidate, told the Post Register on Friday he isn't running for the job.

You can read Brown's full story here at, or pick up Saturday's Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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