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Ybarra, Wilson win in Idaho primary for schools chief seat

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - UPDATE: 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.

ORIGINAL:

Republican Sherri Ybarra has won the GOP primary in her pursuit to secure a second four-year term as Idaho's superintendent of public instruction.
 
Ybarra won Tuesday's primary against challenger Jeff Dillon, a superintendent from Wilder. She must now clear November's general election.
 
Ybarra spent 17 years as a teacher, district administrator and curriculum director for the Mountain Home School District before seeking higher political office.
 
Ybarra narrowly won the open state superintendent of public instruction seat in 2014.
 
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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