Candidates' Debate: Sunday October 29, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

Please note: this debate will be between Candidates Brady and Dunlap only. Candidate Otter declined our invitation to participate, and Candidate Marvin Richardson did not respond to our invitation by the deadline.
Qualifications: US. citizen, at least 30 years of age, Idaho resident for at least two years.
Term of office: Four years
Salary: $105,560 in 2007, $108,727 in 2008, $111,989 in 2009, $115,348 in 2010
Duties: The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions; issues executive orders which have the force and effect of law; drafts and recommends a budget to the state legislature. On extraordinary occasions the governor can convene special sessions of the legislature. The governor must give final approval, by signing bills passed by the legislature. The governor has the power to veto bills but must list his objections. The governor is commander-in-chief of the military forces, except when they are called into actual service of the United States. The governor is President of the Board of Examiners and Chairman of the Board of Land Commissioners.
Jerry Brady
Jerry Brady
Ted Dunlap
Ted Dunlap
C.L. "Butch" Otter

  • Born 1936 in Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Married to Rickie
  • Father of five, grandfather of six
  • Education
  • B.A. in Communication Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1958
  • L.L.B. University of California at Berkeley, 1962
  • Professional Experience
  • Publisher of the Post Register, 1988-2002
  • Manager of KIFI-TV Channel 8, 1984-1988
  • Established Blatchford, Epstein and Brady law firm in Washington, D.C., 1979-1984
  • Staff director for energy of the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress 1977-1979
  • Assistant director and director of public affairs of the Peace Corps from 1969-1972
  • Assistant to Senator Frank Church 1963
  • Board of Directors:
       - Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 2003-present
       - Yellowstone Heritage Trust, 2000-2003
       - Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association Advisory Board, 1998-2001
       - Chairman, Idaho Association of Dailies, 1996-2000
       - Corporation for the Northern Rockies, 1992-1997
       - Idaho Falls Symphony, 1987-1989
       - United Way of Greater Idaho Falls, 1987-1989
       - Horizon Air
  • Military Experience
  • U. S. Army infantry, 1958-1959
  • Judge Advocate General’s office in the reserves, 1958-1970
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Founder and first president of Grow Idaho Falls
  • Fundraising chair for Sun Valley Summer Symphony, 1992-1995
  • Created the Upper Valley Council for Kids in 2003
  • Advisory Board of the College of Business at Idaho State University, l988-1991
  • Member, Character Education Board at Ft. Hall Reservation
  • Founder/Chair, Idaho Falls’ economic development initiative, 1992-1996
  • Founder/Manager, University Year in Action, 1972 and 1974
  • Co-founder, ACCION International, 1960
  • Born 1949 in Santa Rosa, California
  • Married to Missy
  • Father of seven, grandfather of seven
  • Education
  • Studied business management, Sonoma State University, 1980-1983
  • Professional Experience
  • Owner/Operator, The Gentleman Farmer, 1984-2006
  • Manufacturer/Distributor, Soil Food, 1990-1993
  • Office automation manager, Hewlett-Packard, 1973-1984
  • Military Experience
  • U.S Air Force, 1968-1972
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Chairman, Libertarian Party of Idaho, 2002-2006
  • Junior rifle coach, 2001-current
  • President, Cotati (1980-1984) and Nampa (2002-2004) Rod and Gun Club
  • Chair, Farm Bureau Ag. Ed. Committee, 1995
  • President, Empire Sports Car Association, 1980-1986
  • Born 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Married to Lori
  • Father of four, grandfather of two
  • Education
  • B.A. in Political Science, College of Idaho (Albertson College), 1967
  • Professional Experience
  • U.S. Representative: Idaho's 1st Congressional District, 2000-present
  • Assistant Majority Whip
  • Four-term Lieutenant Governor, 1986-2000
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Kyn-Ten Oil Drilling Company
  • President of Simplot Livestock, Food Products Division Director and Member of the Board of Directors: J.R. Simplot Company, 1965-1993
  • President: Simplot International, 1978-1990
  • Two-term Idaho State Representative for Canyon County, 1972-1976
  • Military Experience
  • 116th Armored Cavalry, Idaho Army National Guard, 1968 to 1973
  • Attended Armored Intelligence and Reconnaissance School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1968
  • Associations/Community Involvement
  • World Bank's Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Idaho Cowboys Association
  • American Legion
  • Idaho 4-H Million Dollar Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Safari Club International

Other candidate(s) on the ballot: Marvin Richardson, Constitution Party
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