Idaho GOP leaders pick 3 candidates to fill Geddes seat

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Republican leaders in southeast Idahosay they have three people in mind to replace former state senatorBob Geddes. Geddes stepped down from his seat earlier this month after he was appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to be the next chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission.Otter will also appoint Geddes successor. On Friday, District 31 precinct committee leaders voted to provide Otter with three candidates.The nominees include 59-year-old John Tippets, who served in the Idaho House from 1988 to 2000, and 56-year-old Neal Larson, a former mayor of Preston. The committee also nominated 39-year-old Mark Harris, of Georgetown.The Idaho State Journal reports Otter now has 15 days to make a final decision. District 31 stretches across Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin and Teton counties.

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