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Ybarra seeking second term in school superintendent race

Ybarra narrowly won the open state superintendent of public instruction seat in 2014 against three other Republican challengers, where she went on to defeat her Democratic opponent despite a bumpy campaign where critics argued she had misled voters on her education resume, accomplishments and endorsements. (KBOI File Photo)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Republican Sherri Ybarra is hoping to secure another four-year term as Idaho's schools chief, but she first must succeed against her opponent Jeff Dillon in the upcoming May primary election.

Ybarra narrowly won the open state superintendent of public instruction seat in 2014 against three other Republican challengers, where she went on to defeat her Democratic opponent despite a bumpy campaign where critics argued she had misled voters on her education resume, accomplishments and endorsements.

Dillon has been a school superintendent from Wilder since 2012. Previously, he was an elementary school principal, and a middle school science and reading teacher.

The position requires overseeing the state's public school system. The superintendent of public instruction also serves on the five-member Idaho Land Board, which oversees 2.5 million acres of Idaho land to benefit state public schools.

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