November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide




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Idaho House District 14 - Seat B

Incumbent: Republican Reed DeMordaunt is not seeking re-election Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Glida Bothwell
    (Dem)

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    Gayann DeMordaunt
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Name your three priorities for Idaho. Do you support current policy on them? if not, describe your alternate plan. How would you pay for your proposals that have costs associated with them?

How should Idaho address the health care needs of the 78,000 residents in the so-called gap population? Do you support Medicaid expansion in some form? Some other proposal? Please address funding for the option you prefer.

What is the state's obligation to public schools? Is Idaho spending enough on buildings, teachers and operations? How can Idaho improve its go-on rate for students leaving high school?

What is your position on the relationship between the federal government, the states and local governments? Is the state right or wrong to hinder or pre-empt action on the local level? Should the state work to take more ownership or control of federal lands in Idaho?

Name three actions taken by the Legislature this past session that you opposed. Name three you supported or would support. Explain.

What is the proper role of a part-time citizen Legislature? Do you think Idaho’s current system works? Does the Legislature function well or do you see need for changes or improvements?

Do you support your party’s presidential nominee? Explain. Include in your answer who you plan to vote for and why.

Have you been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment? If so, what, when and where?

Have you or a company you owned filed bankruptcy? If so, when and where?

Age 76
Education MA, Applied Behavioral Sciences, Whitworth College, Spokane, Wa 1983 BA, Library Science, Psychology, Sociology, Indiana University, 1966 Continuing education in child protection, health, libraries, government and politics.
Prior political experience Candidate: Eagle Mayor, and city council; Idaho House and Senate. Worked on campaigns for Idaho Governor, Idaho house and senate, Congress, and local offices.
Civic involvement Eagle Library Trustee, Ten years, served as Pres. of Board; CASA volunteer, court-appointed guardian for children of abuse and neglect for 18 years; SW Idaho Library Dist. Trustee; Volunteer Lobbyist for Idaho Library Assoc.; Pres. state health care alliance; citizen lobbyist campaign to save Eagle Island State Park from being sold by state. School volunteer in classroom and library; Volunteer -Boise Public Library and Eagle Library; Served on various committes: Ada County Transportation; Eagle Comprehensive Plan; Eagle Urban Renewal; Eagle committee for Idaho Centennial; Southwest Idaho Library Trustee; Idaho State Library grants committee; Friends of Eagle Library; Founded and organized first Eagle Fun Days Fun Run, and served on Fun Days committee; Eagle PTO; School Carnival organizer; Cub Scout Leader.
Years living in Idaho 45
Family Husband of fifty years, Glenn; two grown sons who live in Boise, three grandsons.
1. Public Education-Ensuring all Idaho children have a quality education. I support early childhood education in schools. Investing in our schools will benefit our state's economic future.

2. Health care-I do not support legislature denying 78,000 Idahoans health insurance. I support expansion of Medicaid.

3. Our environment-The state is not being proactive for reducing vehicle emissions, promoting wind and solar power, and more mass transit. I do not support allowing companies to have access to our natural resources (fracking especially) without consideration of environmental impacts and protection of private properties.
Yes, I support Medicaid expansion which will save the state millions of dollars in health care costs. When Idaho citizens do not have access to health insurance, they delay medical attention until they are sicker or have an emergency. It is also the right thing to do for our citizens, many who are working but cannot afford insurance. Federal funding is available for medicaid expansion, and Idaho needs to bring back those federal dollars to help our families.
The Idaho constitution mandates that the state shall provide free and equal public education to all children. It is sad that teachers have to pay for supplies out of their meager salaries, due to lack of funding. There are school districts which have higher funding per student than others which is not equal. Buildings are crumbling, and teachers are leaving the state for better salaries. A well-educated population will ensure a solid economic future for Idaho. To improve the go-on rate for high school, we need to improve the educational opportunities for all students to ensure they are actually ready to go-on to after high school. Many first year Idaho college students are not prepared for college.
Partnership with federal and local governments, will benefit our state. Rather than hinder or pre-empt action on local issues, the state should work in cooperation in the best interests of all citizens.

The state cannot afford to manage or control federal lands, and selling to private parties will close off public lands which are open to all. The recent example of a Texas company/family buying land in Valley county, and shutting out the public from hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and other activities is a travesty, and an example of what would happen if the state takes federal lands. Suing the federal government would be a waste of taxpayers money, and is not constitutional as all federal lands are dedicated to all americans.
1. Opposed to delaying action on Medicaid expansion for 78,000 Idahoans without health insurance. 2. Opposed to Legislature not acting on law to provide necessary medical treatment to children whose parents will not seek that care. I know of an adult who died after refusing cancer treatment due to his religious beliefs, but a child cannot make that decision. Rather than just taking away the exemption, parents should be liable for child abuse. 3. Opposed to state legislature taking away local option for various issues.

Support: I would support: 1.Early childhood education in schools. 2. Local option taxes 3. Expansion of Medicaid.
My main concern about the Legislature is that with one party's huge majority for the past twenty or more years, there is no real debate on many of the issues, and the voices of anyone other than the majority are not being heard. I have been a candidate for the House and Senate as an independent, third party and Democrat, but since I do not have a R by my name, have not been elected. Many excellent candidates for the legislature have not been given a chance to bring new blood and new ideas to our state government. My hope is that voters, regardless of their political views, will vote for the person and not the party. If they like what our state is doing, their vote will keep things as they are. But, if voters want to make a change in how our state is run, I hope they consider voting for someone other than the current majority party.
Yes. I support Hillary Clinton. She has experience, has served in Congress as senator, was first lady in the White House where she worked on policy issues, and was our Secretary of State negotiating with countries around the world. I was very disappointed, and continue to be disturbed by the "loose cannon" the Republicans chose as their candidate who brags about his wealth and not paying any taxes. I urge voters to see that Clinton would make a much better president, whether or not you "like" her. This is not about liking a candidate, but what image we want to present to the rest of the world, and having a president who has public service experience. Her opponent is running for his need to be in the spotlight, and not in the best interest of the the public. I could say more, but he has said so many things to his own detriment.
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Age 54
Education B.A. English, Brigham Young University
Prior political experience Over the last 16 years I have been repeatedly elected as Precinct Committeeman or District Chairman in District 14. On the national level, I had the honor to shape the Republican Party Platform as a member of the resolutions committee at the Republican National Convention in 2012.
Civic involvement Red Cross of Greater Idaho, board member; Executive Board of the Ada County Republicans, board member; Idaho Education Forum, member; Governor appointee to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, vice chairman; Cambodian International Children Friends Organization, board member; North Star Charter School, Founder; Volunteer in Civic Groups, and Church.
Years living in Idaho 16
Family My husband, Reed, and I have six children. We have been married for 30 years.
EDUCATION: Direct, results oriented investments in Idaho classrooms are critical to giving Idaho kids the brightest future. I believe that local control of education is best for students. The greatest form of local control is a parent’s choice in their child’s education. We need to make smart investments in Idaho’s classrooms with an expectation of student growth. I support using the recommendations of the Task Force as a framework for education policy as it included all stakeholders, particularly parents, teachers and our businesses. ECONOMY: To support the growth of Idaho businesses and attract new business to the state, I am committed to low taxes. Lowering the tax burden encourages businesses to create good high-paying jobs in Idaho. The growth of high-paying jobs not only benefits all Idahoans, but state revenues grow as well. What has been missing up to this point at the statehouse has been a long term plan for tax policy. Making a commitment to incremental tax reduction allows businesses to plan growth and expand. LIMITED GOVERNMENT: Government should be transparent, ethical, and limited. We need to contain government overreach.
It is now clear that those states that have chosen to expand Medicaid under the federal government’s guidelines have found this path unsustainable. Therefore Idaho must look to a state solution. Idaho could apply for a federal Medicaid waiver that would allow Idaho to set the rules. I believe that the solution should include a state directed managed care system that stresses personal responsibility. This system will assure that healthcare resources are used efficiently and reduce the high cost of healthcare.
We have a commitment to our children's future. Our commitment needs to be serious and it needs to be sustainable. We need to make direct and deliberate investments in Idaho’s education with an expectation of student growth. That is what needs to drive the decision making at the statehouse. We should direct tax payer dollars to those places and those priorities in education that are getting results, like our recent investments in STEM education, and in Early Literacy. A good first step in increasing the go-on rate of our high school students is the consolidation of the Advanced Opportunities Program. This kind of policy creates vision for high school students that would not have otherwise considered college as an option. Policies that create that vision even earlier in a student’s education increases the likelihood of college attendance.
Generally local control within the framework of state guidelines is the most effective way to govern. The federal government is a creation of the states, with the 10th Amendment ensuring that powers not delegated to it in the Constitution are reserved to the states and the people. However, because cities receive their charter to govern from the State, the State has the responsibility to prevent a discordant patchwork of local regulations that impacts the competitive position of the State. When it comes to issues such as minimum wage, the government should get out of the way and let free-enterprise manage these decisions. In terms of control of federal lands in Idaho, I believe that regardless of who the owner is it is critical that we protect access to these lands. We need to continue the serious discussion on who is the better manager of these lands. The recent fires on federal lands in Idaho highlight the federal government’s shortcomings in managing and maintaining healthy forests.
The legislature passed H570 to encourage innovation in our schools. Unfortunately they limited this to only 10 schools a year. Teachers and administrators who are committed to innovation should not be limited. I oppose H511. I believe better legislation can be crafted that allows HOAs to respond to a changing market while protecting private property rights. The House passed H413 approving a specialty license plate specifically for Orofino High School.The role of the state is NOT to be the fundraising arm of every high school booster club. During the recession I worked on legislation to double the tax credit to companies who donated to schools to encourage support of education, H630.The legislature added Idaho STEM to this bill, H357. This public-private investment in Idaho kids’ future is the kind of policy we need to improve education. One of the single most important predictors of a student’s future academic success is reading proficiency by 3rd grade. I support the significant investment in increasing literacy proficiency, H451. Every human life deserves dignity, including the preborn. I support S1404 prohibiting the sale of fetal remains of abortions.
The proper role of government in general is to be the people’s servant. We need to shape government, not allow it to shape us. Having a part-time legislature means we have citizens serving at the Statehouse that are not detached from those they serve. A part-time legislature has real jobs, they own real businesses in the communities they represent. However, because of the open ended length of the legislative session, some professionals are naturally precluded from considering service in the legislature. I would like to see us consider a fixed maximum number of days to the legislative session not to exceed 90. This would not only encourage efficiency and be a potential savings to the state, but it would also allow a broader spectrum citizens to serve in the legislature.
Given the recent revelations of Donald Trump’s vulgar and demeaning description of women, I find myself, along with so many Idahoans, evaluating the presidential race with a great deal of concern. Like many, one of my chief considerations in this election is the fact that our next president will be appointing Supreme Court Justices that will likely long outserve the president who appoints them. There is no questioning the impact these appointments will have on our daily lives for years to come. In addition, weighing heavily on my heart and mind are the issues of job growth in America, and in the great state of Idaho, as well as our safety in a time of unprecedented terrorism. Now, more than ever, I believe that we desperately need a strong Republican vision for our nation. Of primary concern is the long term damage that another four years of failed Obama policies would do to our country under Hillary Clinton. With four more weeks to go until the election, what I can say with certainty is that I will not be casting my vote for Clinton and because of my patriotism I will vote in this Presidential race.
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