While Lewiston GOP Sen. Dan Johnson prepares for the new session of the Idaho Legislature, officials with the Port of Lewiston are preparing to find his successor for the now-vacant spot on the port commission.
When Boise Weekly spoke with Johnson in October in the run-up to his re-election to the Idaho Senate, Johnson told BW that, if elected, he would step down from his position as Port of Lewiston commissioner.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that nine candidates have emerged to fill Johnson's slot. Fellow commissioners hope to fill the position by the end of this month.
Those submitting letters of interest for the seat include:
-Robert Branson, farmer
-Richard Broncheau, Nez Perce tribal member
-Susan Brown, CPA
-Jon Evans, executive director of the Lewis-Clark Boys & Girls Club
-Morgan Lohman, Lewiston business manager
-Danny Radakovich, Lewiston attorney
-Max Smolinsky, Lewiston business owner
-Mike Thompson, retired business manager for Avista
-Richard Wyatt, retired engineer (who lost to Johnson when Johnson ran for the port seat)
The Tribune reports that the appointee will hold the seat until the next election in 2014.
Commissioners are paid $50 per meeting and receive benefits from the the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho.