Get to know GOP candidates for Idaho schools chief

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Four republicans are vying for the state's public schools chief in tuesday's primary election as incumbent Tom Luna decided not to run for re-election.

Here are the candidates:

John Eynon, of Grangeville, describes himself as a public school teacher and education professional, and says he's running because he opposes common core.

He tells KBOI 2News he wants to "give a voice to the many parents and teachers who have been ignored by the present administration regarding the "school reform movement."

He adds that he is "running to oppose the bureaucracy and plutocracy which advances their own agendas."

Next on the list, Andy Grover, who's the superintendent of the Melba School District.

Grover says he's running because his "practical experience leading a school district along with his expertise in education administration and management is necessary to lead the state into the future..."

The biggest issues facing kids today, he says, is graduating from high school with the skills "to be a successful and productive member of society."

Randy Jensen is a longtime school principal in American Falls and former national principal of the year.

Jensen says he's running because he feels "the time is right for Idaho to have a proven educational leader."

"We need to do what it takes to recruit and retain the highest quality of teachers who also have the ability to work cooperatively with parents," Jensen said.

Our final GOP candidate is Sherri Ybarra, a Mountain Home educator  with nearly 17 years of experience.

The former principal says she has the background and experience necessary "to lead Idaho's next generation of students and educators."

Ybarra says she will be focused on student success instead of politics and will place more emphasis on addressing the whole child."