Capitol & State

More candidates announce for state legislative seats

Dorothy Moon, a Republican party leader and former Stanley school teacher, has announced her candidacy for the District 8 state House seat held by first-term Rep. Merrill Beyeler. The district covers Lemhi, Custer, Boise, Valley and Gem counties.

In her announcement, Moon, who lives outside of Stanley, touted her conservative credentials and said she wanted to work to “free our public lands from federal control” and replace Common Core with higher local education standards.

Moon has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education comprehensive science and a master’s degree in resource planning, both from Missouri State University. She was special education director for the Challis School District and taught junior and senior high science classes.

She and her husband of 23 years, Darr, own Moon & Associates, a land surveying and engineering company. They have two grown sons, Dane and Parker.

Previously, Viki Purdy of New Meadows announced her candidacy for the District 9 state Senate seat held by first-termer Abby Lee. Purdy chairs the state GOP Region III committee and stood in for Rep. Judy Boyle for part of the 2015 legislative session.

In District 26, covering Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Lincoln counties, Sally Toone of Gooding, a Democrat, and Don Hudson of Shoshone, a Republican, are running to succeed six-term Rep. Donna Pence, who is not seeking re-election.