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SAINT ANTHONY − Former State Rep. Karey Hanks has thrown her hat in the ring, she will be running for a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives for Legislative District 35 this fall.

An Idaho native, Hanks and her family live in Egin. She acquired an associate’s degree in education from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

In 2017 and 2018 Hanks represented residents in Butte, Clark, Fremont and Jefferson Counties as a member of the House. She lost her re-election bid to Rep. Rod Furniss, R-Rigby, in 2018. She announced her candidacy at a second amendment rally on Wednesday.

“A strong gun rights advocate, Karey is a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA),” according to a press release. “During her time at the capitol, she supported Senate Bill 1313 to strengthen Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine.”

According to the release, Hanks is also pro-life and supported legislation including House Bill 638 that required the reporting of health complications due to abortions.

“As a proud Idahoan, I want to promote and protect our shared values and conservative way of life,” Hanks said. “Unfortunately, I do not feel our district’s current representation in the Idaho House accurately reflects the conservative values and traditions of our area.”