Larry Grant, a former Micron Technology executive and congressional candidate, will chair the Idaho Democratic Party.
"Our job as the minority party is to hold the majority party accountable," said Grant in his acceptance speech last week. "The Republican agenda is not hard to figure out. They want tax cuts for the wealthy, wage cuts for everyone else, and God help you if you can’t pay your medical bills.”
Grant succeeds Hailey attorney Keith Roark.
Grant ran in Idaho's 1st Congressional District in 2006, losing to Republican Bill Sali. He briefly ran in the 1st District in 2008, but withdrew from the race. Ultimately, Democrat Walt Minnick defeated Sali in 2008, and was the last Democrat to win a statewide or federal race in Idaho.
Here's the Democrats' news release:
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, the Central Committee of the Idaho Democratic Party elected Larry Grant as state chair. Grant, a resident of Payette County and longtime Democratic activist, will serve a two-year term. Re-elected were Jeanne Buell of Worley as Vice Chair and Susan Eastlake of Boise as Treasurer. Carolyn Boyce and Pete Gertonson were elected National Committeewoman and Committeeman.
In his acceptance address Grant said, “I am looking forward to leading the Democratic Party in Idaho. Our job as the minority party is to hold the majority party accountable. The Republican agenda is not hard to figure out. They want tax cuts for the wealthy, wage cuts for everyone else, and God help you if you can’t pay your medical bills.”
A former vice president and general counsel of Micron Technology Inc., Grant ran for Congress in Idaho's 1st Congressional District in 2006 in a tight race with Bill Sali. Larry and his wife Pam now live in Fruitland where they both grew up and went to school.
When asked about the current budget problems facing Idaho, Grant said, “Republicans have been in charge for a long time. They no longer have credibility when it comes to fiscal matters. Last year they made all part-time Idaho state workers pay more for their health insurance, except themselves. Legislators' extra premiums will cost the state over $300,000 a year. It looks like the Republican majority wants everyone to pay the cost of these poor decisions except themselves."
Grant further stated, “Look at what they are trying to do to our kids. I don’t know how anyone can actually stand up and say increased class sizes are good for our kids. We should be investing in our children’s future not robbing them of it. After all, the Legislature gave Superintendent Luna and Governor Otter an automatic pay raise for the next three years. None of our teachers have that kind of guarantee.”