The Idaho Democratic Party announced
last week that Sen. Elliot Werk, who was elected to a seventh term in November 2014, would resign from his seat
representing District 17 to sit on the Idaho Tax Commission. This morning, Legislative District 17 Chairman Eldon Wallace submitted the names of three potential replacements, from which one will be chosen by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to fill Werk's empty seat.
Those names are: Lorraine Clayton, Maryanne Jordan and Nicholas Warden.
Clayton worked as executive director of the Early Childhood Coordinating Council from 2006-2014, as well as project coordinator for Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems in Idaho. She was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Idaho from 2006-2011 and at the College of Western Idaho from 2011-2012. From 2001-2005, Clayton was director of Success By 6 with the United Way of Southeastern Idaho in Pocatello, and regional manager of Healthy Child Care Idaho.
Jordan has been a member of the Boise City Council since 2003, and currently serves as its president. She is a current board member of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, Valley Regional Transit and Ada County/City Emergency Management. Her business experience includes co-owning and operating Cop Shop Etc., which was a uniform and equipment supply store for police, fire and paramedic personnel, from 1997-2003.
Warden is an attorney with Fisher Rainey Hudson, where he focuses on commercial litigation including contract disputes, insurance, debtor/creditor relationships, transactions, complex personal injury litigation and compliance with state and federal environmental statutes. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Boise State University's Environmental Studies program, teaching a course on corporate environmental responsibility, politics and law. A transplant from Sacramento, Calif., where he also worked in the legal profession, Warden served on the California State Water Resources Control Board. He speaks German and was a research assistant with Deutsche Energie-Agentur in Berlin.
There has been no word yet on when Otter will make a decision on who will fill Werk's seat.