Former congressional nominee Larry Grant says he's likely to run for Idaho Democratic Party chairman next month. Outgoing Chairman Keith Roark is not expected to seek another term.
"What we Democrats need to do is get all back on the same page, dust ourselves off and move forward," Grant said Tuesday.
Grant said he began considering the race after the November election, in which Democrats lost their only major post -- 1st District Congress -- and five seats in the Idaho House.
"My objective is to get those seats back in the Legislature," Grant said. "And, in 2012, President Obama will be on the ticket and that will be interesting."
Grant said he is no longer interested in elected office and withheld criticism of defeated 1st District Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
"I know Walt was doing what he thought he needed to do to get elected," Grant said. "Obviously, what they tried didn't work, but I don't think that's a criticism. It's a fact. We've got to evaluate what we're doing and figure out a way to get it done."
Added Grant: "It's pretty obvious that Democrats didn't get out the vote, for whatever reason."
Grant, 64, is a former vice president and general counsel at Micron Technology. Now retired, he lives in Fruitland. In the 1990s, he was finance chairman for two-term 1st District Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco.
In 2006, Grant came within 12,000 votes of winning the 1st District over Republican Rep. Bill Sali. In 2008, he sought a rematch, but stepped aside for Minnick, who defeated Sali by 4,200 votes. In November, Minnick lost to Rep.-elect Raul Labrador by 24,000 votes.
The chairmanship will be decided at a Feb. 26 meeting of the Democratic State Central Committee, held in conjunction with the annual Frank Church Banquet in Boise. Grant said he was unaware of any other candidates seeking the job.
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