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Governor appoints Caldwell city planner to fill vacated legislative seat

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 12:36:27-05

Governor “Butch” Otter Tuesday appointed Jarom Wagoner, a senior planner for the City of Caldwell, to fill the Idaho House of Representatives seat vacated by the recent resignation of State Rep. Brandon Hixon.

Wagoner will complete the balance of Hixon’s term, which runs through 2018. “He was the top choice among three nominees submitted to the Governor by Canyon County’s District 10 Republican Legislative Committee. Also nominated were Donald Easteppe and Jeff Taggart, also of Caldwell,” said Otter’s spokesman, Jon Hanian.

“I am grateful for the opportunity afforded me to represent and serve the people of District 10,” Wagoner said. “I look forward to this next legislative session and addressing those issues that matter most to the people of District 10 and to all the people of our great state.” 

The Arizona State University graduate has been a city planner in Caldwell since July, 2013. He previously was a planner for the Ada County Highway District. 

Wagoner also has been a Boy Scouts volunteer for fifteen years. He has been active as a Republican precinct committeeman and a member of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee.

Wagoner ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for House seat 10-A in the 2012 primary election. 

“Joining the Legislature mid-term makes things a little tougher for Representative Wagoner,” Otter said, “but I’m confident that lawmakers and leaders will ... help make his tenure positive and productive.”

Wagoner and his wife, Lisa, have three young sons.