Nate Murphy, a 22-year-old Pocatellan, announced his candidacy for the Idaho House of Representative today. Murphy, who is currently a school board trustee for District 25, will be running for a district 29 House seat, formally inhabited by Rep. Roy Lacey, who will be running for a Senate seat in the fall.
Murphy already has some experience in the world of politics. He ran the successful reelection campaigns for state Sen. Diane Bilyeu and Pocatello City Council President Eva Nye. He only spent $10 on his own school board campaign, according to a press release, but won the election by nine votes after knocking on about 8,000 doors.
He already has endorsements from some of the state’s most prominent Democrats, including Senate minority leader Edgar Malepeai, Idaho state Democratic party chair Larry Grant and former Rep. James Ruchti, as well as Bilyeu and Lacey.
If he wins the seat, he will be among the youngest representatives in state history, if not the youngest ever.