Two more throw hat into ring

By Bill Felber

Two more candidates declared their intent to seek the remainder of the unexpired term of 67th District State Rep. Susan Mosier Tuesday, ensuring a field of at least three when Republican precinct committee persons select her successor Jan. 30.

The newly identified candidates are Bob Boyd, a private pilot, and Tom Phillips, a former mayor of Manhattan. Frank Beer, owner of the local Radio Shack, had previously declared his intent to win the position. Since it is not necessary for candidates to formally file papers, it remains possible for others to step forward until the selection process begins.

Mosier, who was elected in 2010, resigned earlier this month to accept a job with the state. Whoever is chosen to succeed her will take office on or shortly after Feb. 1, when her resignation is effective. There are 39 precinct committee persons empowered to select her successor, and they are not required to choose from among the declared candidates.

Party officials have declared that one of the qualities they will be looking at in choosing a successor to Mosier is the willingness to stand for a full term in November.

Boyd was a military pilot before joining Northwest Airlines, where he flew commercial jets for several years. Following his retirement, he entered private business here as a partner in several local enterprises, among them Dry Clean City. In expressing his interest in the position, Boyd outlined a platform focusing on education, military, the airport, infrastructure and economic development. He said he was seeking the office “from a passion to serve and to lead others of conservative convictions in forging our future.”

Phillips was elected to the City Commission in 2005 and served a four-year term. Citing his commission and mayoral experience, he said he believed that voters “are looking for reasonable solutions” to issues such as post-secondary education and economic development. “I think I can be an effective voice,” he said.

The 39 committee persons will convene at 7 p.m. for a process that will begin with nominations of candidates by the committee persons. Each nominated candidate will be given time to make his or her case in advance of the vote.

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