Idaho justice steps down, AG official to run

Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 13:37:12-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The chief justice of Idaho's Supreme Court says he won't run for re-election, and one potential candidate has already announced he'll run for the newly vacant seat.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Chief Justice Jim Jones said Wednesday he won't seek a third six-year term. The 73-year-old Jones says he decided not to pursue the seat once he learned Clive Strong was interested.

The chief justice can't endorse a candidate but believes that Strong, who works in the state Attorney General's office, is "certainly qualified."

Strong has been with the office for 33 years and currently services as chief of the Natural Resources Division. He was the lead attorney on a 27-year case involving Snake River water rights and has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.