Another Republican, this time from North Idaho, joins race for U.S. House seat

The GOP race for Rep. Raul Labrador’s congressional seat widens with North Idaho Rep. Luke Malek officially announcing on Tuesday he is running for Congress.

“I am in for Congress,” Malek said in a news release. “I’m in for the future: For our families, for our children’s education, for our industries that have always made Idaho strong. I believe in an Idaho where families can thrive, an Idaho where our children can receive a world-class education and an Idaho where small businesses can grow without being stifled by excessive government regulations.”

Malek, an attorney from Coeur d’Alene, is serving his third term in the Idaho Legislature. He is vice-chair of the Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee and serves on the state’s budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee.

He had told the Spokesman-Review earlier this year that he was mulling a run for the 1st District seat.

Malek joins former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, of Meridian, and former Idaho attorney general and lieutenant governor David Leroy, of Boise, in vying for the Republican nomination in May.

Labrador is leaving his 1st Congressional District seat to run for governor.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell