Independent presidential candidate McMullin on Idaho ballot


IDAHO FALLS – Three weeks ago, few people had ever heard of Evan McMullin, but on Tuesday he announced that he had collected more than enough signatures to get on the presidential ballot in Idaho.

“We need leaders who understand that they’re accountable to the American people and who put the American people first,” McMullin tweeted.


Evan McMullin is an independent, conservative candidate from Utah. He declared his candidacy for president of the United States on Aug. 8, according to

According to his website, he worked in counterterrorism and intelligence with the CIA from 2001 to 2011, and in 2013, McMullin joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor. He later became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.

He has successfully gotten on the ballot in Utah.

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up,” McMullin said on his website. “It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us.”

McMullin’s message resonates with many voters living in east Idaho.

“What appeals most to me about him is he is very non-self serving,” Natalie Peterson, an Idaho Falls supporter, tells “I do realize that chances are slim, however if enough people believe that we can make a difference, that’s all we need.”

It’s unclear if McMullin will campaign in Idaho but he has appeared on numerous national television news programs.

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