Emmett GOP Rep. to Retire Instead of Seeking Senate Seat

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Emmett Republican Rep. Carlos Bilbao, who had told the Gem Messenger Index in December that he would run for District 8 senator, has apparently changed his mind and announced that he'll be stepping away from the Legislature after this session.

The Spokesman Review's Betsy Russell reports that Bilbao sent out an email Wednesday, saying that the new boundaries of the reapportioned District 8 were a factor in his decision to retire. The new district includes three other Republican House incumbents: Lenore Barrett of Challis, Donnelly's Ken Roberts, and Steven Thayn of Emmett, who has indicated that he'll be running for the Idaho Senate.

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