Idaho's Simpson gets challenger in 2nd CD

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson has a Republican primary challenger for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District seat with still 11 months to go until the election.

Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission as Simpson's challenger in May 2014.

Simpson has been in office since 1998 and has beaten primary and general election opponents, including tea party-backed candidate Chick Heileson during the last two elections.

But Smith has taken a prominent role in Idaho Falls affairs, including criticizing former city attorney Dale Storer who quit last September after acknowledging he overbilled the city for his work.

The 51-year-old Smith plans to make a formal announcement later on about his challenge to Simpson to represent the congressional district that covers eastern Idaho, including some parts of Boise.