Denney challenged to forgo public pension

Idaho’s Secretary of State Democratic candidate Holli Woodings is challenging Republican opponent Lawerence Denney to forgo his public pension.

Woodings announced Monday that she’s challenging the long-term Idaho politician after he said he supported taking every elected official off the state’s pension system during an Oct. 7 debate.

After serving nearly 20 years in the Idaho Legislature, Denney’s pension will jump from $500 a month to $3,600 a month after his first term if elected.

Denney said at the debate he didn’t believe elected officials ran for office because of the state’s retirement system.

Woodings campaign pointed out Monday that elected officials include coroners, mayors and county clerks and the idea of eliminating their pension was nonsense.

Woodings has served one term as a representative in the Idaho Legislature.