Labrador nixes bid at governor ... for now
August 15, 2013
By Congressman Raul Labrador
the past few months, many of you have encouraged
me to run for Governor. I have been humbled and
surprised by the great outpouring of support
that I have received from the people of the
great State of Idaho.
Whether at a political event or a simple trip to
the grocery store, many of you have stopped me
to share with me your concerns and hopes about
the future of Idaho.
Even though I was not thinking about running for
a different office at this point in my life, I
thought I should not ignore the requests of so
many people who had worked so hard for my
election and re-election to Congress.
Thus, over the last few months, I have seriously
considered whether I should run for Governor. I
have discussed it with my family and prayed
And I have reached a decision.
The fact is, I love serving you in Congress. I
have been honored to represent the people of
Idaho's First Congressional District for the
past two and a half years. I believe that I have
been able to make a difference and have a lot of
influence in Washington during my short time
there, and I know I can have an even bigger
impact in the years to come.
Even though many of you had very persuasive
reasons why I should consider running for
Governor, I genuinely believe that Congress is
the best place for me to serve you at this time.
I am grateful for your trust and confidence.
I’ve decided to end all the speculation and
announce that I have no plans at this time to
run for Governor.
I do not feel that I have yet completed the
mission you sent me to Congress to do.
There is still much work to be done. Whether at
the state or the national level, I will always
be an advocate for Idaho.
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