Rex Rammell to run for the Idaho House


Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, says the Legislature may have to intervene on behalf of businesses that feel their property rights are threatened by local ordinances.

IdahoReporter.com reported in mid-2010 that Rex Rammell might run for the Idaho House in the 2012 primary election.

That forecast has come to pass.

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rammell filed for the Idaho House Monday, the first day of candidate filing.

Rammell will seek House Seat A in District 7 and will oppose Rep. Shannon McMillan, a first-term Republican from Silverton.

The former gubernatorial candidate has had several run-ins with the law since he failed to best Gov. Butch Otter in the 2010 Republican primary. In December 2010, he was arrested for poaching after illegally killing an elk in eastern Idaho. Prior to the trial for the charge, he was arrested again for jury tampering, a felony offense.

A felony would have disqualified him from running for office again, so Rammell admitted guilt to criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. The felony was subsequently dropped.

Rammell was eventually convicted on the poaching charge, but he plans to appeal.

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