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Governor appoints Lori McCann to former North Idaho legislator’s seat
Lori McCann, a former Lewis-Clark State College professor and business owner, has been appointed to fill the legislative seat previously held by Aaron von Ehlinger, according to a press release from Gov. Brad Little’s office.
Von Ehlinger resigned at the end of April following an ethics hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives over his conduct as a legislator. A 19-year-old intern on the legislative staff said von Ehlinger raped her by forcing her to perform oral sex. Two other female legislative staffers said von Ehlinger made them uncomfortable with unwanted advances. Von Ehlinger has denied the accusation of rape and has not been charged with a crime.
According to the release, McCann has lived in the Lewiston area for the past 50 years and is a graduate of Lewiston High School and the University of Idaho. In addition to her time as a professor, she has managed her family’s law office and the family-owned McCann Ranch and Livestock Co. She has served as the incoming president of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation board of directors and as a member of the board of directors for the Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Business for Education.
She is married with four children and 10 grandchildren.
McCann was not named in the initial three choices submitted to Little by the 6th Legislative District Republican Central Committee, but a follow-up report from the Lewiston Tribune showed the vote on the choices was incorrect. Instead of Hannah Leidke as the third name, it should have been McCann.
McCann’s term begins immediately and continues until November 2022, when the seat is up for re-election.
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