BOISE — After about 6 months of campaigning, current Idaho Chief Undersecretary of State Chad Houck has decided he will no longer pursue the state’s Republican nomination for secretary of state. in the next primary in 2022.
Houck cited his family as the main reason for the decision. “I have two children at key points in their lives, they are graduating from high school and entering college within the next 18 months,” he stated. “I don’t want to miss the time I have left by being on the campaign trail.”
Houck says he still plans to stay focused on improving election security, transparency and integrity.
“While I probably won’t be on Capitol Hill for long, that doesn’t mean I’ll be leaving the electoral space.” Houck said. “Under Secretary Denney’s leadership, we have secured funding from state and federal sources to significantly improve our cybersecurity posture, fully modernize the office in our corporate and electoral missions over the past six years, and build an incredible team – but there are still things to be done, tools to be developed, that I cannot do from inside the state house.
Houck says he plans to continue using his experience and skills to benefit the people of Idaho, but by stepping away from direct government service, he believes he can help accelerate improvements while also moving beyond the ‘Idaho.
Houck was named Chief Assistant Secretary by Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, whose current term runs through the end of 2022.