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Governor Otter goes to last "Capital for a Day"

Posted at 6:09 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 20:09:55-05

STAR — Governor Otter has visited more than 100 towns in Idaho which are named "Capitol for the Day." Otter's last one holds special significance to him.

"Hometown in Star. This is my second capitol for a day in Star."

The program gives citizens outside of Boise an open forum to ask questions and discuss ideas.

"It's kind of like opening a box of cracker jacks. you never know what the prize is going to be."

He says not all of them have been easy, some have been surprising.

"Nordman Idaho was a big surprise. Nordman Idaho is way up North, population is 107, we had 350 people show up and I only missed by a couple votes otherwise i could have been elected Mayor of Nordman, Idaho."

"I just think it's a great program, gives us an opportunity to reach out and touch the citizens, let them bring their problems to us for that matter and you notice we never had one in Boise and usually we stay out of county seats and the reason we stay out of county seats is because their governments are already there and the legislators that we have represent very well."

For Otter, it's a highlight of his career.

"Obviously this is one of the things that has been very successful, only the future is going to decide what my real legacy is. There's some things that i think it should be. Whatever has been successful and will continue on. If that continues on to the future that continues the legacy."