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State Senate Bid Announced

State Representative Dean Mortimer (R, Legislative District 32) announced today that he will seek the District 32 Senate seat, currently held by Mel Richardson, who announced his retirement in Boise last week.

Mortimer is completing his first term in the House. He currently serves on the Transportation & Defense, Education & Commerce and Human Resources Committees.

With rapid growth in Eastern Idaho and the increased importance of the Idaho National Laboratory to both the local and state economy, Mortimer feels his business background and financial expertise will serve him well as a strong voice in the State Senate.

“I have added a business viewpoint to the House–the kind of perspective that is needed in the Legislature,” said Mortimer, a mortgage banker and Idaho Falls businessman.

Mortimer entertained running for the State Senate seat two years ago. However, Richardson announced then that he would seek another term.

Mortimer believes he can better serve Bonneville County in the Senate. “The Senate has half the number of members than the House, therefore offering a greater opportunity to advance the issues I feel are important to Eastern Idaho.”

Mortimer praised Sen. Richardson, who is completing his eighth term. “Mel’s shoes will be hard to fill, but I’m ready to represent the constituents of legislative district 32 in the Senate,” Mortimer concluded.

Legislative District 32 encompasses all of Bonneville County.