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Ybarra, Wilson win in Idaho primary for schools chief seat

Ybarra and Wilson became the top political nominees for the schools chief position after winning Tuesday's primary against their respective challengers. (File Photo)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra will battle Democrat Cindy Wilson in the upcoming November general election.

Ybarra and Wilson became the top political nominees for the schools chief position after winning Tuesday's primary against their respective challengers.

Ybarra is seeking to secure a second term in the four-year spot.

Ybarra spent 17 years as a teacher, district administrator and curriculum director for the Mountain Home School District before seeking higher political office.

Wilson, a Boise school teacher, was appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to the Idaho Board of Correction in 2015. She was also part of Otter's education task force that sought improve the state's public school system - which resulted in a five-year plan to boost teacher pay.

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 land to benefit state public schools.

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