Both KPVI and the Idaho State Journal reported today that Representative James Ruchti will not be seeking re-election to the Idaho House.
Ruchti was first elected to the House from District 29 in 2006 when former Rep. Elmer Martinez, a fellow Democrat, decided not to run again. Prior to his run for the House, Ruchti served as the chairman of the Bannock County Democratic Party. Since Ruchti's election, he left the law firm Cooper-Larsen and started his own firm. His decision to not seek re-election has to do with developing his new firm.
Tomorrow on the campus of Idaho State University, former Pocatello mayor Greg Anderson will announce his candidacy for Ruchti's seat. Anderson, a Democrat, is scheduled to make his announcement at 1:30 p.m. in the Canoe Room of the Pond Student Union Building.