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Is It Primary Season Already? Idaho Lawmakers Announce Intentions Ahead Of 2022

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio
Rep. Paul Amador (R-Coeur d'Alene), left, announced this week he'll run for the Idaho Senate in 2022.

State lawmakers have begun dancing the “legislative shuffle” – even with more than a year to go until the 2022 primary.

Rep. Paul Amador (R-Coeur d’Alene) told the Coeur d’Alene Press Thursday he will forgo another term in the House and run instead for a spot in the Senate.

His seatmate, Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene), recently said she would run for secretary of state next year.

Amador has represented his North Idaho district since ousting an incumbent in 2016. He currently chairs the House Ways and Means Committee and sits on the budget writing Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee.

He told the Coeur d’Alene Press he’s wanted to serve in the Senate for a while now and hopes to collaborate with a smaller group of lawmakers on legislation.

Candidates won’t officially be able to file for office until next spring.

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