Rumors continue to swirl about who will jump into the race to serve as Idaho’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction. Today, former Idaho State Senator Melinda Smyser said she has no intention of entering the race to replace Tom Luna as the next State Superintendent. Several news agencies reported today that Smyser released a statement clarifying that she will not run. “While I am flattered that [Luna] and many others would feel I am qualified to take on the challenge of succeeding him in this office, I am going to … decline the opportunity,” said Smyser. Since leaving legislative office, Smyser has been working as a regional director for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.
Late this afternoon, Idaho Ed News reported that Rep. Steven Thayn (R-Emmett) “is considering” the possibility of running for Luna’s seat. The filing period for all races is March 3-14. We can expect to hear more about this race and potential candidates before then.