After Scandal, Typically Quiet Idaho Treasurer Race Heats Up

Oct 22, 2014

Deborah Silver, left, is running for treasurer against longtime incumbent Ron Crane.
Credit Courtesy Idaho Public Television

Idaho's normally quiet race for state treasurer is heating up during the last leg of the midterm election as four-term incumbent Ron Crane faces off against political newcomer Deborah Silver.

Republican Crane has held the office since 1998 with few viable Democratic opponents.

However, this year he's defending his 16 years in office after a recent legislative audit claimed he mismanaged funds that resulted in a $20 million loss of taxpayer money.

Democratic opponent Silver of Twin Falls is a former auditor for a national accounting firm in Boise and used to teach accounting at the College of Southern Idaho.

The treasurer serves as Idaho's chief financial officer and manages $2.7 billion of state investments.