The race for Idaho’ state treasurer certainly isn’t the highest-profile among the many statewide races on Idaho’s May 15 ballot, but two of the three candidates have announced some high-profile endorsements. Republican Tom Kealey, a retired CPA, Boise businessman and 14-year member of the state’s Endowment Fund Investment Board, has been endorsed by state Controller Brandon Woolf; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder; fourteen other current GOP members of the Idaho Legislature; former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne; the Idaho Association of Realtors; the Idaho Association of General Contractors; the Associated Loggers of Idaho; and the Idaho Retailers Association, among others. The lawmakers lining up behind Kealey include Sens. Agenbroad, Guthrie, Harris, Keough, Lakey, Lee, Lodge, Rice and Siddoway; and Reps. Anderst, Hartgen, Malek and Youngblood.
Winder said, “Tom Kealey will lead and bring more integrity, trust and transparency to the office, so Idahoans can feel secure in their state government’s finances.” Wayne Hammon, Idaho AGC president, said, “Tom Kealey has both experience in the private industry and a solid ethical character that we need in a state treasurer. As builders of Idaho’s future, Idaho’s contractors are honored to be supporting a candidate that will help lead Idaho into a fiscally strong and prosperous tomorrow.” Kempthorne said, "I could not think of a better, more qualified candidate to be Idaho's next state treasurer."
Meanwhile, GOP hopeful Vicky McIntyre, the current Ada County treasurer, has posted endorsements on her campaign website from current state Treasurer Ron Crane; ACHD Commissioner Sara Baker, who also is a former Boise city councilor; and Kim Blough of Markim Investments LLC, a Las Vegas firm.
Crane said, “Vicky McIntyre’s eight years of proven experience working for Ada County taxpayers can be directly applied to the same position at the state level.”
The third candidate, former state Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise, hasn’t announced any endorsements. She told Eye on Boise today that she’ll announce those tomorrow.
No Democrats are running for the post.