Potts Named to Fill Davis’ Senate Seat

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed an Idaho Falls businessman to fill the Senate vacancy created by Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis’ recent retirement to serve as U.S. Attorney for Idaho.

According to Local News 8, Otter announced Tuesday he selected 40-year-old Tony Potts, a property manager and RV salesman, to fill Davis’ Senate seat in Legislative District 33.

Three possible replacement candidates had been sent by the committee to Otter, with Bonneville GOP Central Committee Chairman Mark Fuller as their top pick.

Otter did not offer an explanation as to why he did not choose the GOPs Legislative District 33 Committee’s top pick. Otter’s spokesman said the move was not unprecedented, but did not provide any more details.

Potts takes a seat that had been held by Davis since 1998. Potts has indicated he will seek election in 2018.