In one of the few Democratic primaries on the May 20 ballot, 2012 congressional candidate and former NFL player Jimmy Farris has been endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Councilman TJ Thompson. First-time candidate and teacher John McCrostie countered with support that's often proven decisive for Democrats — the Idaho Education Association.
“Having Mayor Bieter’s support is a true honor for me," Farris said in a news release late Wednesday. "He is one the most respected figures in Idaho Democratic politics. His friendship and support of my campaign is truly humbling.”
City offices are nonpartisan in Idaho, but Bieter represented Boise's North and East ends as a Democrat in the Legislature from 1999 until January 2004, when he became mayor. Thompson cut his political teeth as an organizer for then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 presidential race, helping Obama win the Idaho caucus, part of Obama's focus on caucus states that surprised Hillary Clinton and earned Obama the Democratic nomination.
McCrostie called the IEA endorsement "foundational to my campaign" in his late Wednesday release. “As an educator who teaches on the front line daily, I’ll bring a unique perspective to the legislature. The IEA’s seal of approval on my race validates my work within the IEA to fight off the Luna Laws and to improve dialog with legislators regarding important education issues.”
McCrostie also is endorsed by two former IEA presidents, Sherri Wood and Dick Chilcote.
McCrostie is a first-time candidate. Farris received 31 percent of the vote against GOP Congressman Raul Labrador two years ago in his first run for office. Farris subsequently moved from Meridian to Northwest Boise's District 16, where Rep. Grant Burgoyne's run for the Senate cleared the way for the open-seat contest between Farris and McCrostie. The district also includes Garden City, where McCrostie has lived for 14 years.
The Farris and McCrostie news releases follow:
Farris announces endorsements
BOISE, Idaho - Jimmy Farris, candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives in District 16 seat A, which covers parts of West and Northwest Boise as well as Garden City, announced today that he has received the endorsement of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson.
"Jimmy Farris is the right choice for District 16," Mayor Bieter said. "Jimmy is committed to making positive change and will work tirelessly to increase our investment in education, create more high quality jobs, and ensure equality for all Idahoans."
Farris, a former Idaho Congressional candidate, said he was honored to have Bieter’s support. “Having Mayor Bieter’s support is a true honor for me. He is one the most respected figures in Idaho Democratic politics. His friendship and support of my campaign is truly humbling.”
Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson has also endorsed Farris, saying: “Jimmy Farris has proven throughout his life to be a dedicated, committed, team player. He is a leader who understands the importance of building relationships and working together to solve problems. He will be an excellent, effective legislator."
Farris said Thomson’s endorsement was also a big boost for his campaign. “TJ is the type of community leader we should all strive to be. His commitment to making a positive impact in Boise shows through his work. I am very excited to have his endorsement and support. It’s a big boost.”
Idaho Education Association Endorses John McCrostie in District 16 House Seat A
BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Education Association (IEA) has endorsed candidate John McCrostie in his bid for House District 16 Seat A in the Democratic Primary.
“The IEA’s endorsement is foundational to my campaign for House Seat 16A,” said McCrostie. “As an educator who teaches on the front line daily, I’ll bring a unique perspective to the legislature. The IEA’s seal of approval on my race validates my work within the IEA to fight off the Luna Laws and to improve dialog with legislators regarding important education issues.”
Sherri Wood and Dick Chilcote, two past presidents of the Idaho Education Association also endorsed McCrostie.
Wood, who served as IEA president from 2005 to 2011, was an Idaho teacher for 34 years. In her endorsement statement, Wood said, “John McCrostie is an outstanding leader in his school, his union and his community, and he will continue his leadership in the House of Representatives. John has been a concerned, active and productive member of District 16 for over 14 years. He has the ability to speak on behalf of the people of District 16 because of his longstanding involvement.”
Chilcote, a 20-year Idaho educator, served as IEA president between 1989 and 1993. His endorsement states, “The people of Idaho value their public education system. Every poll shows that the electorate expects that the Idaho Legislature should properly support and fund our public schools. What candidate for the Idaho House from District 16 understands the needs of those public schools better than John McCrostie? No one. John has proven his worth in Idaho classrooms. He has dedicated his professional life to the education of Idaho’s students. He will work in the Idaho Legislature to provide the proper support and funding that the voters in District 16 expect.”
A 14-year resident of Garden City and an Idaho schoolteacher for 11 years, McCrostie has served as an executive board member of the Boise Education Association, a three-year state delegate to the Idaho Education Association’s Delegate Assembly, and a two-year national representative to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly. The NEA recently honored McCrostie as a 2013 Top Political Activist.
Additional education endorsements for McCrostie include Frank Robinson, IEA Board of Directors; Ron Freeman, Boise Education Association (BEA) High School Director; Pat St. Tourangeau, BEA High School Director; Becky Allen, BEA Elementary Director; Adria Samano, BEA Elementary Director; Christine Simon, BEA Elementary Director; and Barb Smith, BEA Elections Secretary.