Joel Horton and Warren Jones, the two incumbents whose seats are up for a vote in the May 20 primary, each filed paperwork for re-election Monday - the first day of the two-week candidate filing period.
Born in Nampa, Horton has a bachelor's from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Idaho School of Law. He has worked a number of jobs in Idaho's legal system, including stints as a deputy prosecutor in Twin Falls and Ada counties and a brief time spent as a state deputy attorney general. First appointed to the bench in 1994, he succeeded Justice Linda Copple Trout on the state's highest court in 2007.
He also announced two co-chairmen for his campaign: former state Sen. Denton Darrington, a Declo Republican who specialized in court issues during his 30 years in the Legislature, and prominent Hailey defense lawyer Keith Roark, a former chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. State Supreme Court races are nonpartisan.
"The Idaho Supreme Court is no place for self-anointed advocates of special interests," Horton said in a Monday press release. "I have been an impartial jurist for the past 20 years and look forward to continuing to serve Idaho's citizens."
Jones, who did not put out a release on his filing, is a Montpelier native with a bachelor's from the College of Idaho and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a law clerk from 1968-70 for then-Idaho Chief Justice Joseph J. McFadden, then worked for 37 years as a private attorney specializing in a variety of litigation. He was also appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007.
Boise attorney William Breck Seiniger announced last week that he plans to file for one of the Supreme Court seats, but was waiting to see what the incumbents did before he chose one.
Also up for re-election in May are seats belonging to Idaho Court of Appeals Justice Sergio A. Gutierrez and all of the state's district and magistrate judges. Magistrates are not selected through competitive races, but rather voters choose whether to retain each judge.