Dr. Troy Rohn, a Boise State research scientist, who specializes in unlocking the mysteries regarding Alzheimer's, tells Citydesk that he's ready to explore a new field: politics.
"I will be running for the open House of Representatives Seat A in District 19," said Rohn, confirming that he'll be competing for the seat being vacated by Boise Democratic Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, who recently announced that she'll be running for the open State Senate seat being vacated by outgoing Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour.
Rohn is no stranger to the Idaho Legislature. Through his work with the Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group, he's been encouraging lawmakers to put together a statewide plan to deal with what he considers to be an epidemic.
"Right now, there are between 26,00 and 32,000 people in Idaho that are diagnosed with Alzheimer's," said Rohn. "That number is expected to triple by the middle of the century."
Rohn said the growing problem results in approximately $140 billion in health-care expenses each year nationally.