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Roark considers run
Attorney General’s

Express Staff Writer

A long-time Wood River Valley political and legal stalwart announced Tuesday he may seek election to the Idaho Attorney General’s office in November.

Keith Roark









Former Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney and Hailey Mayor R. Keith Roark said in a press release he anticipates he will be a Democratic candidate for the Attorney General’s office in this year’s general election.

"The people of the state of Idaho are going to need the very best qualified, most experienced attorney available to be their lawyer for the next four years," he said. "The legal challenges we face in balancing our precious civil liberties against our need for personal and institutional security in these uncertain times require an Attorney General who knows the law and knows the courtroom."

A practicing attorney with 25 years experience, Roark served as Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney from 1979 to 1985. He is a past president of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and former member of the board of directors of the National District Attorney’s Association.

He is the founder of the Roark Law Firm with offices in Hailey and Twin Falls, and has handled many high-profile cases throughout Southern Idaho.

"In the past 25 years I have tried over 250 civil and criminal jury cases. I have wide experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and civil litigator.

"Experience and professionalism are precisely what the people of this state are going to need and demand in their Attorney General. I have the qualifications, experience and commitment necessary to return the Idaho Attorney General’s office to the highest standards of professionalism," Roark said.

Prior to last week’s legislative repeal of term limits, Republican Attorney General Al Lance would have had to step down following his current term. Lance has not issued a public statement about his intentions for the coming election.


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