BOISE -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced that he will seek re-election in 2014.
Jon Hanian, Otter's press secretary and Debbie Field, who works on Otter's fundraisers, both confirm he made the announcement to a Governor's Ball crowd of about 200 people Wednesday night in Coeur d'Alene.
The people of Idaho reelected Otter as their governor on Nov. 2, 2010. He was first elected on Nov. 7, 2006. He previously served three terms in Congress representing Idaho's 1st District from 2001 through 2006.
Mark Johnson sat down with sat down with KTVB's Political Analyst Dr. Jim Weatherby to talk about why he's planning his re-election, so far in advance.
Weatherby says there's some speculation on how much time Governor Otter currently spends in office, and about political fundraising when the campaign still owes him 200-thousand dollars.
"The question on the mind of a lot of donors-- what is this money going to be used for? is it going to be used to pay off the debt of a lame duck politician or is it going to be useful in launching yet another campaign, a statewide campaign," he says
There are no term limits in Idaho, Otter will be 72 years old, if and when he runs for his third term.
His press secretary and former campaign manager confirmed to us that the governor was (in their words) "emphatic" about the declaration.
The Governor was no available for comment.