Incumbent wins GOP primary for Idaho schools

Posted at 11:10 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 01:14:38-04

Sherri Ybarra wins GOP primary in pursuit to secure second term as Idaho's superintendent of public instruction.

Ybarra won Tuesday's primary against challenger Jeff Dillon, a superintendent from Wilder. She must now clear November's general election.

Ybarra spent 17 years as a teacher, district administrator and curriculum director for the Mountain Home School District before seeking higher political office.

Ybarra narrowly won the open state superintendent of public instruction seat in 2014.

Boise teacher Cindy Wilson has won the Democratic primary in the race to become the next Idaho schools chief.

Wilson secured the Democratic nomination Tuesday against opponent Allen Humble. She must now clear the November general election.

Wilson was appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to the Idaho Board of Correction in 2015. She was also part of Otter's education task force that sought improve the state's public school system -- which resulted in a five-year plan to boost teacher pay.

She is a longtime American government teacher who has taught in Boise, Orofino and Pierce.

The position requires overseeing the state's public school system. The superintendent of public instruction also serves on the five-member Idaho Land Board, which oversees 2.5 million acres of land to benefit state public schools.