Former Idaho Attorney General David Leroy says he's running to replace fourth-term U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in the solidly-conservative 1st Congressional District.
Leroy said Thursday he's running for the open seat because he believes the most critical job in America over the next few years will be as a member of Congress.
His announcement comes just days after Labrador filed to run as a candidate for Idaho governor in 2018.
Leroy, also a former Idaho lieutenant governor, is the first GOP candidate to publicly announce he plans on replacing Labrador. However, the position is expected to draw a competitive range of GOP contenders.
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The 1st Congressional District covers the northern half of the state and snakes down to the western part of the Treasure Valley, including parts of Boise.