BOISE • Former U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings will once again seek Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District seat.
Stallings held the post for four terms as a Democrat from 1984 to 1992. Following that, he ran for U.S. Senate but lost against Republican Dirk Kempthorne, a two-term mayor from Boise.
Stallings is the only Democrat to file for the second congressional race. He will face either GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson or first-time runner Bryan Smith in the November general election, depending on the outcome of May’s GOP primary.
Stallings said his experience working on both sides of the aisle will be appeal to moderates tired of Congress’ failure to move things forward.
“When I was in Congress, the place ran very well,” Stallings said. “It’s not like that now. Plus, we have an Idaho delegation that does nothing.”
Stallings attempted to win back the seat in 1998 but was defeated by Simpson in the general election. Since then, he has served as the chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party and served on the Pocatello City Council.
The campaign will be tough, Stallings said. Both Simpson and Smith have strong support from large political action committees.
“I have no allusions that this will be an easy campaign,” Stallings said.