R. Skipper “Skip” Brandt of Kooskia, a former member of the Idaho Senate and a candidate for Idaho’s 1st District Republican nomination to Congress last year, was appointed to the Idaho County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
He succeeds Commissioner John Schurbon, who died on February 27 less than two months after taking office.
Brandt, 42, served four years on the Kooskia City Council, three years as mayor of Kooskia and three terms in the Idaho Senate representing Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho and Valley counties before running for the GOP nomination to succeed Otter in Congress last year.
The co-owner of Stites Ace Hardware was among three candidates nominated to Governor Otter by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.
“Skip has a keen understanding of the issues that matter most to the folks he represents, at the city, county and state levels,” Governor Otter said. “He will do a great job on the Idaho County Commission, and I’m proud to be able to make this appointment.”