Otter taps industry lobbyist to run re-election campaign

Otter taps industry lobbyist to run re-election campaign
Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter visits with Idaho Delegates before delivering his State of the State address inside the House chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has reached into the ranks of Idaho's leading big business lobbying group to find the person to run his re-election campaign.

Otter announced Tuesday he's named Jayson Ronk as his 2014 campaign manager. The two-term Republican hasn't formally announced his campaign plans, though he's been raising money and telling supporters he will seek a third term.

Ronk is a veteran political organizer and currently serves as vice president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the leading pro-business group whose members include Idaho Power Co. and J.R. Simplot Co.

Ronk takes over for Debbie Field, who served as Otter's campaign manager in 2006 and 2010.

So far, Otter doesn't have a challenger for the May GOP primary or a Democratic opponent for the General Election.