In what could become a key endorsement, the Idaho Hispanic Caucus told Citydesk that it decided to throw its support to Democrat Keith Allred in his effort to unseat Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. The caucus also endorsed Democrat Stan Olson over Republican State School Superintendent Tom Luna.
Of Canyon County's estimated 186,000 residents, Idaho's Dept. of Labor reports 21.5 percent are Hispanic, a 62 percent leap since 2000. It's estimated that 165,000 Hispanics call Idaho home.
"We support Allred because of his deep involvement with the Latino population," caucus director Alex Zamora told Citydesk.
"The superintendent's race was a tough call," said Zamora. "But in the end, we chose Olson based on his history of helping minorities, refugees and marginalized populations."