State Politics

Sturgill launches candidacy for Senate challenging Crapo

Instead of flying around the state to announce his candidacy, Democratic Boise businessman Jerry Sturgill launched his campaign for U.S. Senate digitally Thursday.

Sturgill, 63, announced he is seeking the seat currently held by Republican Mike Crapo. He characterized Crapo as a career politician who has been in office for nearly 32 years, 25 of them in Washington D.C.

“In Washington today, our elected officials refuse to do the job they are being paid to do,” Sturgill said. “The politicians who have spent decades in the Senate have clearly failed us

A fifth generation Idahoan, Sturgill was raised in Twin Falls, the oldest of six children. He said he decided to launch his first race for public office after talking to Idahoans who are frustrated with the hyper-partisanship and polarization in Washington.

“It’s time for a change,” he said. “Voters are understandably upset with a lack of leadership and progress and I share their anger.”

Sturgill doesn’t have a primary opponent so he’s spending his time organizing his campaign and raising money, said Dean Ferguson, an Idaho Democratic Party spokesman. With his membership on the Senate Finance Committee, Crapo has raised more than $4.4 million so Surgill will need a lot to compete but he knows about money.

My leadership experiences in business, our community and my church have taught me that being a leader means bringing people together to solve problems. Leadership, respectful dialogue and creative problem-solving are sorely lacking in today’s politics.

Jerry Sturgill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

Sturgill is a managing director of a Denver-based financial advisory firm, Headwaters MB, and holds JD and Bachelors degrees from Brigham Young University, where he graduated with honors and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

Past work includes having been a corporate finance partner at the international law firm Latham & Watkins and a partner in the energy practice of Stoel Rives. He has bought and sold companies, managed them and chaired corporate boards.

He has also been active with Idaho non-profit organizations, having served on boards of educational, cultural and conservation organizations.

He has been married to Kris for 37 years and has three grown children.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker