Capitol & State

Idaho governor’s race: Candidates announce key appointments

Some personnel news in the Idaho governor’s race as two Republican candidate announce campaign appointments this week:

Businessman and physician Tommy Ahlquist announced that Damond Watkins, a Republican National Committeeman from Idaho Falls, will serve as his campaign chairman.

Ahlquist, Watkins said in a statement released by the campaign, “has earned my trust and for the first time in my political career, I am making an endorsement of a candidate I believe would be one of the best governors the state of Idaho has ever seen.”

And Lt. Gov. Brad Little announced his campaign manager, Zach Hauge, who will start officially on June 14. Hauge is currently vice president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the business lobby, and has previously worked as campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, among other campaign assignments.

“Having worked for Brad Little previously, I couldn’t be more excited to work for a leader who is dedicated to making Idaho the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Hauge said in a statement announcing the appointment.

U.S. Rep Raúl Labrador and former State Sen. Russ Fulcher round out the list of major candidates for the Republican nomination in next May’s primary.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @DentzerNews