Ammon Bundy officially announces run for Idaho Governor

Ammon Bundy at Ada County Courthouse
Posted at 7:41 PM, Jun 19, 2021

Ammon Bundy launched his campaign websitewhich includes a video with his official announcement to join Idaho's 2022 gubernatorial race.

Bundy made his announcement official at Kleiner Park in Meridian Saturday. In May, he filed documents with the Idaho Secretary of State's office to run as a Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial primary.

Current Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and four other Republicans — Jeff Cotton, Edward Humphreys, Lisa Marie and Cody Usabel — have also filed campaign documentation needed to run for governor.

Bundy is a well-known anti-government activist, best known for leading an armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 to protest the federal control of public lands. He was eventually arrested and later acquitted of all federal charges in that case.

Most recently, Bundy was arrested twice in one day back in April for trespassing on Idaho Capitol grounds. He was served a No Trespass Notice in August of last year during a special legislative session. That notice is in effect for one year.

Bundy also currently has two misdemeanor criminal trespassing cases pending against him, and he is representing himself for both. The cases stem from events during a protest of coronavirus restrictions at the Idaho Statehouse last August.

He has pleaded not guilty in one case and has not yet entered a plea in the second.