Spurred By Controversy, 2 Democrats Campaign For Idaho Treasurer Post

May 12, 2014

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Two Democratic candidates spurred by a recent political scandal in the Idaho Treasurer's Office hope to oust four-term incumbent Ron Crane.

The treasurer's race is one of only two statewide political contests for the Democratic party. Crane faces no challenger in the May 20 primary election.

The Democratic primary candidates are Twin Falls accountant Deborah Silver and Boise freelance writer W. Lane Startin.

Both opponents said they entered the race after legislative auditors reported in January that Crane's office inappropriately transferred investments. The auditors said the transfers cost taxpayers at least $10 million and could result in a total loss of $27 million.

The treasurer serves as Idaho's chief financial officer, manages $2.7 billion of state investments and oversees idle state funds.