BOISE, Idaho -

Former State Controller Donna Jones has endorsed Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane to be Idaho secretary of state.
    
In a statement on Friday, Jones says McGrane is a stalwart in Republican politics with the background and experience that makes him the only qualified candidate in the race who can get the job done.
    
McGrane has also been endorsed by current Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt.
    
The race for the GOP nomination is already crowded, with Midvale Rep. Lawerence Denney and former state senators Evan Frasure and Mitch Toryanski running. Boise Rep. Holli Woodings is the only Democrat vying for the post.
    
Idaho's secretary of state is the top election official, responsible for keeping track of campaigns and lobbyists.