Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik filed paperwork Tuesday to run for lieutenant governor, saying the state needs a strong second-in-command who will oppose federal encroachments on state rights.
“It's time the Republican Party present opposition to what the federal government is bringing into Idaho in terms of healthcare, education and (public) lands,” said Chmelik, who is in his second term as commissioner. “I think we're going down the wrong road and I'm going to stand up and say something about it.”
Chmelik, 53, grew up back East and earned a finance degree from the University of Maryland. He moved to Washington in 1988, then came to Idaho in 2000. He owns a custom cabinetry and woodworking business in Cottonwood; he and his wife have eight children ranging in age from 7 to 24.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Lewiston Tribune.