- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Three candidates are tossing their hat in to be the new chair of Idaho’s Democratic Party.

Party officials released a list of declared candidates on Friday, but candidates have until June 13 to announce their intent to run.

So far, the list includes party spokesman Dean Ferguson, who has held the position since 2012 and is a former Idaho political reporter. Also running is John Looze, a retired Pocatello attorney and former teacher. Finally, candidate Randy Humberto Johnson is a Boise political consultant for candidates in and around Idaho.

The position became open after Larry Kenck announced his resignation earlier this year because of medical reasons. Kenck submitted his resignation letter last week, writing that he needed to deal with health issues and that the party needs an active chairman who isn’t focused on health concerns.

Kenck had served as the state’s party lead since 2013.

Vice Chair Jeanne Buell will continue to serve as acting chair until the state central committee votes on a new leader on June 13.

The winner will serve Kenck’s remaining volunteer term, which ends in 2017.

According to national Democratic Party rules, if the state party has a male chair, it must then have a female vice chair. The same would apply for a female chair, which would require a male vice chair.

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