Labrador to run for Idaho governor

| May 10, 2017

Rep. Raúl Labrador, a conservative Republican who has frequently tangled with GOP leadership, will run for governor of Idaho in 2018.

A founding member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, Labrador filed to run for governor on Tuesday. He was first elected to represent Idaho’s 1st District in the 2010 wave that gave Republicans a House majority.

“Idaho needs a proven conservative leader who will stand against the special interests and politicians that have picked the winners and losers in our state Capitol for too long,” he said in a statement announcing his candidacy.

Labrador is expected to be one of several Republicans vying to replace Gov. Butch Otter, who has long said he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2018. Labrador leaves behind a safe Republican seat — both he and President Donald Trump won roughly two-thirds of the vote in the district last year.

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