Idaho elections: Simpson announces team of 'county coordinators'

Several current or former legislators are coordinating Rep. Mike Simpson's re-election campaign.

The 2nd Congressional District incumbent announced a list of "county coordinators" today, three weeks before the May 15 GOP primary.

The list includes two lawmakers who served with Simpson in 1998, his last years as Idaho House Speaker: Sen. John Tippetts, R-Montpelier; and Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome.

The list also includes current Reps. Ken Andrus of Lava Hot Springs; Stephen Hartgen and Lee Heider of Twin Falls; and Rich Wills of Glenns Ferry. Former lawmakers Larry Bradford and Moon Wheeler also signed on.

Simpson will face M.C. "Chick" Heileson of Idaho Falls in the primary; Heileson was among Simpson's three opponents in the May 2010 primary.

Here's the Simpson for Congress news release:

The Mike Simpson for Congress campaign is pleased to announce their county coordinators for each of the 26 counties within Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I am so honored to have the support of these individuals going forward with my campaign this year,” Rep. Simpson said. “With the help of these community leaders, I am confident we can once again earn the support of voters in Idaho’s May 15 Republican orimary.”

“I am proud to be supporting Congressman Mike Simpson in his re-election efforts this year,” said state Sen. Lee Heider of Twin Falls County. “Mike has shown himself to be a strong conservative voice in Washington, D.C. His efforts to pass a balanced budget amendment, rein in the EPA’s job-killing regulations, fight the implementation of Obamacare, and delist wolves show that Mike Simpson is the right fit for Idaho in Congress.”

The county coordinators are as follows:

Ada — Dave and Jacqui Shurtleff
Bannock — Rep. Ken Andrus
Bear Lake — Sen. John and Nancy Tippets
Bingham — Scott Reese
Blaine — Maurice Charlat and Suzan Stommel
Bonneville — Rebecca Casper
Butte — Betty Walker
Camas — Steve Miller
Caribou — Trent Clark
Cassia —Mark Peterson
Clark — Brion Egan
Custer — Marty Orwig
Elmore — Rep. Rich Wills
Franklin — Larry Bradford
Fremont — Mayor Tom Jewell
Gooding — Patty Bauscher
Jefferson — Isaiah Womack
Jerome — Rep. Maxine and Jack Bell
Lemhi — Rowdy Davis
Lincoln — Alex Sutter
Madison — Marsha Bjornn
Minidoka — Santos Garza
Oneida — Elaine Bohn
Power — Moon and Ann Wheeler
Teton — Paris and Janet Penfold
Twin Falls — Sen. Lee Heider and Rep. Steve Hartgen

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