GRANGEVILLE We’ve yet to complete close to half of this year, but a Grangeville businessman is already looking to 2018 and the Republican primary for U.S. Congress.
James M. Rockwell, 56, announced his intention to run for Congressional District 1 in next year’s May primary. The seat is currently held by Raul Labrador, who was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term.
The 2018 election calendar is not yet set by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office; however, filings for this seat should open in mid-March that year. Whether Rep. Labrador will run for re-election, or pursue the race for Idaho governor next year, is undeclared at this point.
“We Republicans have been given an opportunity to set a course of excellence these next few years, Rockwell stated in a one-page release. “It is essential we take advantage of that opportunity.”
Rockwell, while stating his respect for Labrador, raised criticism with Republican congressmen for their failure to follow up on promises in the past three elections to repeal Obamacare.
“With historic control of the House, Senate and presidency, and after working on repeal legislation for seven years,” he said, “when presented with the final bill, our Republicans choked. President Trump’s entire ‘America First’ agenda hangs in the balance.”
More on this story in Wednesday's Idaho County Free Press