BOISE, ID - On May 15, 2018, Idahoans will head to the polls to vote in a primary election, a big day for candidates vying for Idaho's highest position.
Boise-based businessman and former E.R. doctor Tommy Ahlquist faces Republicans Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in the Idaho GOP primary election in May. Idaho's Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has said he will not seek a fourth term and has endorsed Little.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Ahlquist. Romney said in a statement distributed by Ahlquist's campaign that he's backing Ahlquist because the political newcomer's experience as a doctor and businessman has made him uniquely qualified for the top position.
"I'm not a career politician," Ahlquist said. "I have a track record, it's in the real world of getting things done."
Though an outsider to Idaho politics, Ahlquist said he doesn't believe he'll struggle to work with the legislature to pass his agenda.
"I think that's one of my strengths," he said. "It's all about working together, getting a shared vision with clarity... I think that's going to work in politics just like it does everywhere."