November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide




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Idaho House District 23 - Seat A

Incumbent: Republican Rich Wills Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Mary Richards
    (Dem)

  • Christy Zito
    (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 78
Education Lake View Elementary, rural Canyon Co. Caldwell High School Kaley Medical Training Crt. Caldwell
Prior political experience I am a past Chairman of the Owyhee County Democrats and also have been a candidate for the Idaho Legislature.
Civic involvement Native Daughters of Idaho
Years living in Idaho I have lived in Idaho 61 years and Western Oregon 14 years.
Family Married, three children, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
Farming and ranching are my top priorities. I do not plan on any proposals that will cost the taxpayers of Idaho extra dollars. Affordable health care. There is a legislative committee currently holding hearings on this problem and the concerns about the Affordable Health Care Act. Idaho's water policies and management of the water for irrigation and recreation.
I do not have a solution to the burden of the cost of the medical care. Presently there is a legislative committee studying the gap. I understand that there is Federal funding available for the gap and perhaps changing the income level to meet the requirement of health care. Medicaid is a state and federal funded programs.
The school counselors should be the people that know the students and their potential. The schools have the information available for grants, scholarships and other funding. Idaho is continually building schools in the areas of the state that have an increase in students. Owyhee County has a four day school week that seems to be effective in dealing with school finances. Idaho has an obligation to provide public schools for the children residing in the state.
There is a concern about the cost that the state will incur managing the federal lands. The unfortunate part of the state taking ownership of Federal lands is the concern that they will be sold for private ownership. When this occurs the public is locked out of the area. Fishing, hiking, hunting and camping would not be available to the public. Pre-empt action on the local level is a topic that seems to involve the ownership and bearing of arms, with the exception that they are not actually fired, towns are not allowed to limit or prohibit its possession. Mandates from the federal government are often difficult to implement due to the cost of the project.
I support the education budget, public-defense legislation and the water rights in Eastern Idaho. I oppose not finding a solution to the high cost of health care.
I think that the Legislature functions well, I see no need for a change. The voters are always able to elect the people they feel represent their needs.
I support Hillary Clinton. She was the choice of the majority of Democrats, so she is the candidate for the office of President of the United States. Listening to the debates, Frontline history of the candidates and articles in the Wall Street Journal are the main reasons that I choose to vote for her.
I have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment.
I have never filed bankruptcy or our businesses have never filed bankruptcy. I closed my flower shop and paid the outstanding bills when it was closed and also I sold the building that I had purchased for the shop.
Age 59
Education Bear River High School, Utah State University, Boise State University, Bridgerland Vocational
Prior political experience Precinct Committeewoman, State Committeewoman, State Republican Resolutions Committee, School Board, National Farmers Union Delegate to DC
Civic involvement Friends of NRA Chairman, PTA President, Cub Master, Many Church Service Positions
Years living in Idaho 13
Family Five children, 11 grandchildren
Public lands. Those who are closest to the land will always be in a better position to care for and manage land. State Land Trust are cost effective and return more revenue to the states.  This revenue will fund our state and relieve our dependence on federal funding.

Education: Our children are our future, I am committed to preserving local schools with local control.  Local school districts should be required to maintain high academic standards for students.  Dollars should not be spent on mandated administrative functions.  Dollars should be spent on supporting teachers and improving classroom instruction.

I believe in the sanctity of life. I know that there is life at conception. Those tiny citizens who can not speak for them selves, must be defended and protected. As we come to the end of our life, our dignity must be preserved. We have a duty to ensure the right to natural death is protected.
I support putting people in control of their money and their own lives and health care Insurance and medical care should be returned to the to the private sector. A Market driven health care industry has allowed care givers in the United States to world leaders in medical care. Market driven insurance will assure that insurance costs will be cost effective for all.
The state is obligated to provide funds. Funding that is available is to be directed to providing education to the student, and supporting teachers. Infrastructure is important and should be maintained. Administrative costs should be minimal. Local control is critical. Parental involvement is critical to student success, this will increase the student desire to continue education. Students have a responsibility to engage and actively participate in their education.
Bottom up government is government by the people. The federal government is granted only the powers outlined to it in the constitution. State Government s granted only the powers outlined to it in the state constitution.

Each state has the right to protect its sovereignty.

The State should manage the public lands with in the border of the state. Those closest to the land are the ones in the best position to know how best to manage them. The revenue from public lands going to the State of Idaho will protect our state sovereignty and eliminate the need for funding from federal funding.
SENATE BILL 1404 Unborn Child Dignity Act

HB 1389 Permit less Carry

HB 481 Right to Try
The Idaho Legislature is responsible for translating the public will into public policy for the state, levying taxes, appropriating public funds, and overseeing the administration of state agencies.
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