TWIN FALLS • Democrat Shelley Gardner will challenge Republican state Rep. Lee Heider for Idaho Senate District 24.

Gardner announced her candidacy late week. The political novice will face Heider in the November election. Heider has held the seat for two terms.

“I want to give voters a choice,” Gardner said. “Competition is very important."

Gardner owns the outfitting company, Idaho Guide Service, and is a Twin Falls native.

“I’m very excited to be involved,” she said.

Gardner said she didn’t choose Heider’s seat for any particular reason, but it felt right, with Catherine Talkington running as a first-time Democrat against incumbent Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls.

Gardner said her campaign strategy is to knock on every door and introduce herself to voters before the election.

Educational and economic development will be two of the key issues, she said, but she’s still educating herself about developments such as the 20 recommendations submitted by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s task force on education.

“I’m interested in increasing the budget for education,” she said. “What I’d love to see is more economic development and clean businesses come to Idaho and especially the Magic Valley."

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