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The 2020 Election Is Barely In The Books; Some Are Already Looking To 2022

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The page is barely turned on Idaho’s 2020 election, but already, candidates are thinking about 2022.

Coeur d'Alene attorney Luke Malek has announced he’s launching a primary challenge against Republican Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin. McGeachin has not yet announced whether she’ll run for a second term.

“There is a need for leadership, both in terms of the economy and on the health care front and when it comes to law enforcement as well. I’m a former prosecutor. We need somebody in the lieutenant governor’s office that’s willing to stand up for law enforcement as they’re being attacked by both the far right and the far left," he said.

Malek is a former three-term state legislator who served Kootenai County. He ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat in 2018. He says he has declared very early in the next election cycle because it takes time for candidates to get their messages out to voters and for them to become familiar with him.