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Idaho State Senator From Boise Resigns From Legislature

State of Idaho

An Idaho state senator representing Boise announced Wednesday he's resigning from the Legislature as of Dec. 1. District 18 Sen. Branden Durst, a Democrat, is vacating the seat he won in 2012.

In a press release from the Idaho Democratic Party, Durst says he's resigning "to focus on his family’s needs."

Idaho Education News reported earlier this month Durst had been absent from committee meetings because his family now lives in Seattle.

The Democratic Party has created a committee that will oversee the selection of Durst's replacement. Any Democrat in  District 18 is eligible to apply for the seat. The committee will select three nominees and Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will select Durst's replacement.