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State of the State address, 2018

Senator Michelle Stennett (D) greets her colleagues before the State of the State address Jan. 8 at the Capitol in Boise.

BOISE — Senate minority leader Michelle Stennett hopes to serve another term in the Idaho legislature.

Stennett, a Democrat from Ketchum, plans to run for re-election this year, she told the Times-News Wednesday.

“I chose to do this work because I really wanted to do my civic duty and say thank you and give back to my community and communities in my district that have been wonderful to me,” Stennett said. “I still feel very strongly that I’m there to give them a voice and represent them the best I can.”

Stennett has served in the Idaho state legislature since 2010, when she was appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to succeed her late husband, Clint Stennett. She was elected to the seat later that year and won re-election in 2014. She has been the Senate minority leader since 2012. “I’m a person that works across the aisle and I’m a big communicator,” Stennett said. “I think that’s important for good policymaking, that we all have that dialogue and that relationship building.”

She lists infrastructure and education as two of her priorities going forward into 2018 and beyond.

“We’re the fastest growing state in the nation right now, and when we talk about what we should be doing as a government to provide infrastructure and services to an increasing population...we should be planning into the next ten years,” Stennett said.

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Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force, and is on the state’s Workforce Development Council.

“Education, the economy, and quality of life are all things that I feel very passionately about,” Stennett said. “I would like to continue doing that for the people of Idaho.”

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