4 Candidates, Including Rupert Lawyer, Vie for Open Idaho Supreme Court Seat
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One of the most important races in the upcoming May primary election is an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, but the little-known position isn't expected to draw voters despite attracting a wide range of candidates.
Court Chief Justice Jim Jones announced in March that he would not run for a third six-year term on the state's highest court. Jones previously served two terms as Idaho attorney general. The non-partisan vacancy opened the door for several hopeful justices to enter the race.
Candidates include Clive Strong, a longtime deputy attorney general; Curt McKenzie, a seven-term Republican state senator; Robyn Brody, an attorney from Rupert; and Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez.
Candidates will need to secure a majority of the vote in the May 17 election. If not, then the top two candidates will compete in a runoff election in November. The four will participate in a forum in Boise Tuesday evening at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center.