Local economist to announce mayoral run

Dan Cravens, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor, has scheduled a news conference at noon Thursday at the Blackfoot City Hall.
While sources close to Cravens have indicated that he plans to announce a run for mayor of Blackfoot, Cravens said he will have no comment until Thursday.
Mayor Mike Virtue has indicated that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 2006.
In addition to his job with the state, Cravens is vice-president of the Bingham Economic Development Corporation and is chairman of the Bingham County Republican Party.
Two members of the city council — Bart Brown and Layne "Skip" Gardner — were appointed to their seats following the deaths of their predecessors so their seats are up for election. Council members Rich Woodfin and Chris Jensen are also up for election.
That means all five city leadership positions will be decided in the November election.
According to Idaho Code, no candidates can file for those offices until Aug. 26. The filing deadline is Sept. 6.
City Clerk Suzanne McNeel said those who plan to run can designate a treasurer at her office and begin raising money for their campaigns now.