Sen. Marv Hagedorn, a Republican whose district includes Meridian, Eagle and Star, is the first candidate to declare interest in Idaho’s next lieutenant governor race.
Hagedorn announced on his Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday that he plans to leave the Legislature after this coming two-year term and run for the part-time lieutenant governor job when it opens up in 2018.
“My thought was before the session started, I wanted to be outright honest with everybody, and for those people who thought they might want to run for Senate in District 14, give them a chance to come and see what it’s about,” Hagedorn said Wednesday. “I’ve spent six years in the house and by the end of this term it will be six years in the senate. I’ve accomplished a lot and I think I’m ready to move to whatever the next chapter of my life is.”
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A retired naval officer, Hagedorn said the post of lieutenant governor “kind of fits with what I’ve done in the past as far as bringing people together, solving problems. I think it would be a fun job to have.” He pledged to serve his entire upcoming two-year term.
“The people of my district overwhelmingly supported me and I will overwhelmingly representing them all the way to the end,” he said.
Hagedorn helped found the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and veterans issues have been among his key focus. He was co-chair this year of a House-Senate panel that explored health care options for the state’s low-income adults who lack health insurance
Current Lt. Gov. Brad Little has said he plans to run for governor in 2018. Previous gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher also says he’ll seek that top job again, and other 2018 contenders may include U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Gov. Butch Otter said he doesn’t plan to seek another term.
Idaho’s lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and serves as governor when the elected governor is out of the state. Under Little, the office has also focused heavily on economic issues.
Currently, the job pays just shy of $43,000 a year.
“If I was in it for the money, I’d run for a different office, that’s for sure,” Hagedorn quipped.
Bill Dentzer contributed.