BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three candidates are tossing their hat in to be the new chair of Idaho's Democratic Party. The list of candidates who have declared as of Friday include party spokesman Dean Ferguson, retired Pocatello attorney John Looze and political consultant Randy Humberto Johnson.

The position became open after Larry Kenck announced his resignation earlier this year because of health issues. Kenck had served as the state's party lead since 2013. Vice Chair Jeanne Buell will continue to serve as acting chair until the state central committee votes on a new leader on June 13.

According to national Democratic Party rules, if the state party has a male chair, it must then have a female vice chair. The same would apply for a female chair, which would require a male vice chair.