A few thoughts on the well-under-way Idaho candidate filings. Since they're more than a week from completion - the deadline is next Friday - comments here won't reflect what isn't there, only what is.
First, 2nd district U.S. Representative Mike Simpson has a primary, from Idaho Falls resident John K. Baird, an agent at AFLAC insurance. Unclear at the moment how serious this is.
One legislative primary that will be plenty serious is the Senate 8 Republican, for an open seat. House member Steven Thayne, R-Emmett, is running, but so is a former House member, Christian Zimmerman, elected in 1996 and 1998. This could be a hot one.
At least one strong general election contest is in place: In District 6 for the Senate seat to which Republican Dan Johnson was recently appointed. Former District Judge John Bradbury, a well-known figure in the area, is running as a Democrat. This should be a fascinating race.
Three strong races are locked in as well in District 18 in southeast Boise, home to a number of the state's recent closest contests.
More to come.