BOISE, Idaho -- Nate Murphy spent just $10 on his successful 2011 campaign for Pocatello's school board.
But the 22-year-old's current bid to become Idaho's youngest-ever legislator is exacting a higher price.
He's running for Pocatello's District 29 House seat as a Democrat in a Republican-dominated state.
He also has a misdemeanor marijuana conviction from 2008 he knew he'd likely have to explain to voters before November.
And in March, he was accidentally outed as gay after Idaho's only openly gay lawmaker told The New York Times that Murphy would be taking up her legacy.
That's how his grandmother found out.
Given those distractions, Murphy said he is working to refocus voter attention on topics that matter to him, including his core message of improving Idaho education.