Star Mayor Nate Mitchell announces candidacy for Idaho House seat held by Labrador

Star Mayor Nate Mitchell is the first candidate to announce he'll attempt to fill the House seat being vacated by Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador.

Mitchell, who has been mayor for six years, issued a news release Thursday afternoon saying he'll be a GOP candidate in House Seat 14B.

Labrador, of Eagle, faces Vaughn Ward of Eagle and Michael Chadwick of Post Falls in the May 25 Republican primary for the right to face freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.

In his statement, Mitchell said:

“In these difficult times we need people in the Legislature who know how to balance the budget, make tough decision and foster an economy that will bring more jobs to the Treasure Valley. As Mayor of Star for the past six years I have done just that.

"District 14 has long enjoyed excellent conservative representation and leadership. I want to continue that tradition by providing sound management of your tax dollars, limiting the role of government, and enabling our individuals and businesses to succeed.  It is only through success for families that our communities, our state, and our country will thrive.

“I will bring my conservative principles to each and every debate and decision I face. I believe that the government that governs best, governs the least. One of my top priorities is to improve the efficiency of Idaho’s government to maximize every tax dollar collected so Idahoans can keep more of their hard-earned income. This will aid the growth of Idaho’s small businesses rather than aiding the growth of our government.”

Mitchell is a small businessman. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Abigail and Evelyn.

District 14 includes Eagle, Star and parts of Meridian and northwest Boise.

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I really like

Raul Labador, but I super like Walt Minnick. Hope Walt wins again. But I'm sorry to lose Raul.

The election isn't until NOVEMBER, Padre!

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