Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday formally launched his campaign to be Idaho's next governor 2018, promising to bring his conservative leadership to the Gem State.

"Today I want to thank the people of Idaho for believing in me for the past seven years, your friendship and your prayers have meant more to me than you know," Labrador said to a crowd of just under 100 people — with children making up at least a third of the audience — while speaking in Boise.

The fourth-term congressman had already filed paperwork to run as a Republican gubernatorial candidate in early May, ending prolonged speculation he was eyeing the top Idaho seat. Labrador was elected to Congress in 2010 with overwhelming support from voters in a district that covers the northern half of the state and snakes down to the western part of the Treasure Valley, including parts of Boise. He later became a founding member of the influential House Freedom Caucus.

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