BOISE • Idaho Rep. Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls, has decided not to run for re-election.

Block, who has served six terms in the House, said there was no specific trigger for her decision.

“I just decided,” she said.

Block was first elected in 2000, and has served as chairwoman of the House Health and Welfare Committee. She is currently chairwoman of the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee.

Block said she was especially proud of the work she’s done for Idaho families, health and public safety, especially on issues relating to mental health and substance abuse.

“This is a job that a person cannot do alone,” Block said. “And I am grateful for all of the support that my constituents have given me.”

After hearing of Block’s plans, Clark Kauffman of Filer declared his intent to run for the seat Block is vacating.

“I’ve known Sharon a long time and I think she’s done a great job for her constituents,” said Kauffman, who plans to file as a Republican. “If there’s an opening there … I think it’s an opportunity I thought was worth stepping into.”

Kauffman is a current board member and former president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association.

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