Former Idaho GOP chair Yates joins lieutenant governor race

Former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates has filed to run for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Yates filed the paperwork to run as a GOP candidate on Thursday.  The Idaho Falls businessman and former aid to Vice President Dick Cheney took over as state chair in 2014 during a chaotic battle over control of the party and resigned last month.

Yates joins a growing list of candidates vying for the seat after incumbent Lt. Gov.r Brad Little announced he would be running for governor next year.

Republican candidates include state Sen. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian, state Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon, and Idaho Falls businesswoman Janice McGeachin, as well as former Constitutional gubernatorial candidate Steve Pankey – who is running as a Republican.

No Democrats have yet filed for the seat. (AP)

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