EMMETT Lt. Gov. Brad Little will seek re-election to the state's No. 2 post in 2014, he said during an event in his hometown of Emmett on Wednesday morning.
The announcement ended speculation that Little's 19-stop statewide tour might begin with a bigger splash. But with Gov. Butch Otter, 71, interested in a third term, Little, 59, will continue to wait in the wings.
Otter was there to introduce Little during Wednesday's pancake breakfast in City Park. Otter, who appointed Little to the lieutenant governor post in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by Jim Risch's election to the U.S. Senate, said he appointed Little at the time because he was at the top of his "scorecard" by every measure.
To that end, Little said he would continue to support Otter and his low-tax, small-government policies.
"Idaho is that model where free enterprise is what provides prosperity," Little said.
Little said he was humbled to see old friends from the town where he has helped run a sixth-generation family ranch. He introduced his wife, Teresa, his sons, Adam and David, and two of his grandchildren.
"It's also good to be kicking off the campaign where Teresa and I raised our family," Little said to a crowd of about 150 people.
The Republican is considered a lock for re-election. And there's little doubt he's trying to raise his profile. He's the first No. 2 to publish a weekly public schedule, and he has said he's prepared to run for the top spot if Otter retires.