Gov. Butch Otter makes it official, will seek third term in office

Gov. Butch Otter makes it official, will seek third term in office
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. Otter said he aims to boost spending on public schools by nearly 2.9 percent to $1.34 billion, though he won't set aside any cash for teacher pay raises. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Although it's no surprise, it's definitely now official.

Governor Butch Otter will seek a third term as Idaho's governor.

Otter made the announcement Monday in an email.

"It's been a great honor to serve the citizens of Idaho as your Governor for the past seven years," Otter said. "I'm both humbled and inspired by the strong support of Idaho voters and the tireless work of the Otter for Idaho team. With their help, and holding firmly to Idaho's conservative values, we will continue to make Idaho the best place in America to live, work and raise a family."

The crowded field for Secretary of State received its share of candidates filing the necessary election paperwork on Monday including, Phil McGrane, Ada County chief deputy clerk.

"I've been humbled by the support of Republicans throughout Idaho over the past few months and I will continue to be the hardest working candidate in this race," McGrane said in a news release.

McGrane is among several opponents looking to replace current Secretery of State Ben Ysursa including Rep. Lawrence Denney, former Sen. Mitch Toryanski and former Sen. Even Frasure.

"If the People are to retain control of their government, they must have access to truthful information," Toryanski said in a statement. "The Secretary of State safeguards access to this information through oversight and enforcement of laws controlling the recording of documents, the reporting of campaign finances, and the running of honest elections."

Democrat Rep. Holli Woodings, too, filed paperwork Monday.

"Now the work begins to keep Idaho's elections open and accessible," Woodings wrote on Facebook..