Rep. Raul Labrador joins Idaho governor's race By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press Danielle Wiley May 9, 2017 (…) × Tired of seeing surveys on articles? If you are a subscriber, simply log in or Subscribe now! BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday joined the growing list of candidates running for Idaho governor in 2018, entering the fray just days after a comment on health care access drew criticism.The fourth-term congressman quietly filed the paperwork to run as a Republican gubernatorial candidate with no public event, ending prolonged speculation the conservative politician was eyeing the top Idaho seat."Idaho needs a proven conservative leader who will stand against the special interests and politicians that have picked the winners and losers in our state Capitol for too long. Idaho needs a strong leader who will make government fair for everyone," Labrador said in a prepared statement, adding he will make a formal announcement of his candidacy in a few weeks. Story continues below video × Advertisement Labrador is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, who unsuccessfully ran for majority leader in 2014. He was elected in 2010 with overwhelming support from voters in a district that covers the northern half of the state and snakes down to the western part of the Treasure Valley, including parts of Boise.He received criticism for his comment Friday that no one has died because they didn't have access to health care — a claim disputed by health care advocates and medical experts. He has since said that his wording wasn't elegant, but he maintains health care is not a basic human right.Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little, former GOP state Sen. Russ Fulcher and GOP Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist have also entered the race to succeed Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. "The congressman will bring his experience in Washington, D.C. to the race, and I am excited to continue sharing my conservative message of building an even better Idaho with a fresh approach and new ideas," said Ahlquist in a statement.While the filing deadline to run for governor isn't for roughly another year, Labrador's announcement marks the last of the prominent GOP candidates expected to join the race. Two independent candidates and a homeless Democratic candidate have also filed for the top seat.However, in a Republican-dominant state, the most competitive leg of the governor's race has been the GOP primary. Political advertisements have already popped up for candidates on social media and television."Idahoans, including myself, look forward to hearing from Congressman Labrador about the accomplishments he has made while being in congress for over 6 years," Little said in a statement. More from this section Art commission requests America-themed pieces for display Posted: May 17, 2017 City looks at raising $60,000 in donations for downtown art Posted: May 3, 2017 Police seek missing Meridian man Last updated: April 25, 2017 Trump signs disaster declaration for 11 Idaho counties Posted: April 21, 2017 Irrigation water delayed for residents in south Kuna Posted: April 20, 2017 Tags Raul Labrador Congress Governor Race Politics Ap Idaho State Candidate Congressman Governor's Race Gop Danielle Wiley Follow Danielle Wiley Close Get email notifications on Danielle Wiley daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever Danielle Wiley posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow Danielle Wiley Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Kuna Melba News Read the latest edition of the Kuna Melba News in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere.