- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has taken the oath of office and marked his place in Idaho history as being only the second governor to start three consecutive terms as the state’s chief executive.

The Republican governor was sworn in during a private ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday. Sherri Ybarra was also sworn in Monday as Idaho’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Only family members and invited guests attended Monday’s ceremonies. Otter’s public inauguration will be held Friday at noon on the steps of the Idaho Capitol where Otter will give his inaugural address. The Inaugural Ball and Processional will be held later that night. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 each.

Otter was sworn in by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office in the Capitol. Meanwhile, retired 4th District Judge Michael McLaughlin administered Ybarra’s oath at the State Department of Education building.

Otter won his third term in November after facing a heated race against Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff. Despite fears of “Otter fatigue,” voters ultimately sided with the longtime Idaho politician.

Ybarra also secured a tightly contested race in the November election. The political newcomer went up against Democrat Jana Jones, who had more political experience than Ybarra but failed to pull enough votes on election night.

She will hold her first press conference Tuesday, after denying multiple media requests saying that she wanted to wait to talk about her policy decisions, staffing choices and budget proposals until after she was sworn in.

Ybarra succeeds outgoing GOP state superintendent Tom Luna, who chose not to run for a third term.



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