Democrat Jana Jones, who lost a narrow 2006 race to Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, announced today that she'll be challenging him again this year in his re-election bid. Jones lost by 11,000 votes in 2006 out of a total 443,000 votes cast.
"Budgets and programs have been cut, classroom are overcrowded, local control has been diminished, and trust has been lost. You have to ask yourself: Do you feel better about our schools today than you did a few years ago? Probably not," said Jones in her announcement. "I want to start feeling good about our schools again."
Jones, an Idaho Falls resident, is a graduate of Utah State University, a former teacher at Skyline High School, founder of an early childhood center in Idaho Falls, director of Gov. Ceil Andrus' Office of Children, and served as chief deputy to two-term Superintendent of Public Instruction Marilyn Howard.
No Republican has yet to announce a challenge to run against Luna in the May GOP primary.