Melba High School Class of 1983
Juris Doctor-William Howard Taft University
Prior political experience
Current State Senator from District 10
Years living in Idaho
I have lived in Caldwell for the past 19 years. Total years in Idaho 33.
My wife Tish and I have 8 children and 7 grandchildren.
I am committed to protecting our priceless legacy of liberty by supporting excellence and choice in our educational system, protecting private property and fostering a great climate for private business.
Last session I voted in favor of legislation that would have allowed the Director of the Department of Health and Welfare to engage in discussions with the federal government regarding reform of Medicaid. That measure did not pass the House. However, it is important to remember that insurance coverage is not health care. Increased coverage does not give us one more doctor or any other health care provider. Any parent who has tried to schedule a visit to the pediatrician knows that it can take weeks to get in. Our doctor population in Idaho is aging and retirements will make the shortage worse. Many of us have been working to address our doctor shortage in Idaho. Our first medical school, The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to open in 2018. The medical school will be a partnership between private investors and Idaho State University and will be located in Meridian, Idaho. This is a first step in addressing the need for more doctors in Idaho. We will need to create residencies for the graduates of the medical school. We will look at how to fund residencies and how they can be used to meet the needs of Idahoans.
In the next session we will be funding the third year of reforms that were recommended by the Governor’s Task Force and accepted by the legislature. This will mean more money for education, including increasing teacher pay. The most important factor in go on rates is the culture within families and communities. We must create a culture of education. We must change the conversation at home, in our communities and in the media. We cannot continue to think that there is some silver bullet legislation or policy change we can make that will make our children successful. It has always taken individual understanding, goal setting and hard work. We must recognize that the role of government in this process is to work to improve our schools and to make sure that our tax and regulatory climate result in job opportunities for all of us, but that the things that matter most are taught by parents who work hard, set goals, value education and teach those values to their children.
The relationship between the states and the federal government is one in which certain powers were delegated to the federal government and other powers are held by the states independently of the federal government. Each has powers that the other does not have. The federal government is restricted to international relations and interstate matters. The states are prohibited or limited in areas where the U.S. Constitution delegates power to the federal government, but the states do not receive their authority from the federal government. In other words the states are not subdivisions of the federal government. Local government in the State of Idaho is a subdivision of the state and the Idaho Constitution expressly provides that their powers and responsibilities are set by the state legislature. In other words, local government does not have authority independent of the state.
The State of Idaho has been working with the federal government to achieve both more cooperation regarding the management of federal lands and more management by the state. We should continue to work in this direction so that we can improve outcomes.
I opposed legislation that would have diverted $100,000,000.00 from highway construction and maintenance to the purchase of right of way through new GARVEE bonding. This would have delayed needed repairs and widening of I84 from Nampa to Caldwell. I opposed legislation that would have required Idahoans to have the highest mandatory auto insurance amounts in the nation. I opposed a bill focusing tax relief on the income tax rates that would result in ignoring the need to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.
I worked with county elected officials and the Attorney General to have the investigations of county elected officials be completely the responsibility of the AG. This completed work I started 4 years ago.
I was the Senate sponsor of our new law on dangerous and at risk dogs that modernized the law and protects people when a dog is dangerous.
I assisted Rep. Chaney in finally passing legislation creating Trustee Zones for Community College Boards so that the citizens who are taxed to pay for community colleges all have representation from their area on the board.
There are significant advantages to having a part-time citizen Legislature. With a part time citizen Legislature the legislators go home and live in their communities, are easily available to the voters of their districts and see the challenges all of us have in daily life.
Recently a video was released showing Donald Trump making statements 11 years ago that are reprehensible and wrong. They reflect attitudes and actions that are indefensible. He has not defended them. He has admitted that what he did was wrong and he apologized. We must work to change society and eradicate behaviors that demean women or make them objects. His opponent has stated that churches must change their doctrine to match her social agenda and that she will appoint justices to the Supreme Court that will eliminate the individual right to keep and bear arms. She has lied under oath to Congress about her illegal use of a private email server for classified information and erased thousands of emails after they were subpoenaed. She engaged in an apparent pay to play scheme as Secretary of State. Her foreign policy decisions made the Middle East far more dangerous than when she was appointed and her refusal to respond to repeated requests for additional security cost 4 Americans their lives in Benghazi. She and her closest advisors have expressed contempt for the American people. I plan to vote for Donald Trump because Hillary is a clear threat to the freedom of us all.
Boise State University MPA Candidate State and Local Government Policy and Administration, ABCTE Idaho Teacher Certification Secondary English Language Arts, Seattle University Bachelor of Arts Theology and Religious Studies with Departmental Honors Cum Laude, Specialization: Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice Track, Minor: Latin American Studies, Caldwell High School
Prior political experience
I have had held elected and appointed positions in elementary, middle, and high school as well as college.
Highlights: Seattle University's MEChA President, Female Co-Chair, and Program Coordinator, Seattle University RHA Vice President/National Communications Coordinator, Seattle University's Theology and Religious Studies Department Representative, The Privilege Race Conference Community Outreach and Finance Chair
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (July 2014-Present), Salud Es Vida Volunteer Exercise Trainer (August 2014-November 2014), Lector and Eucharistic Minister (April 2004-May 2012), Tutor at St. Mary’s Parish (September 2009-February 2010),
Big Brother Big Sister (January 2007-June 2009), Catechist Assistant (January 2005-July 2006)
Years living in Idaho
Sons, Daniel and Victorio
I am running for the Idaho Senate to help protect all Idahoans’ quality of life. I would like to be a voice for the most vulnerable in Idaho. Three issues that are important to me are the economy, human rights, and environmental justice.
To boost Idaho’s economy, Idaho needs to invest in both college preparation courses and professional technical education opportunities. All vocations are essential to society. Schools like Caldwell High School, where I currently work, are already creating tracks that motivate students to pursue the career of their choice. If we properly fund education and workforce development training now, I am sure Idahoans will have a better future.
I would like to see the following human rights issues addressed during the next legislative session: Add the Words, Child Medical Neglect, and the healthcare gap.
To remain healthy and prosperous, we must also protect Idaho’s air, water, and land. If elected, I will work to give local communities control of their environment and help them protect their constituents from special interests.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Medicaid expansion would add very little to the costs states would have spent on Medicaid without The Affordable Care Act. CBO claims that Medicaid Expansion would decrease the spending the state would spend on “uncompensated care and other services they provide to the uninsured.” From 2014-2022, the federal government claimed they would pick up 93% of the cost to expand Medicaid. They had also agreed to cover 100 % of newly eligible Medicaid recipients from 2014-2016, an opportunity Idaho did not seize. Further, the CBO stated that the federal government agreed to pay no less than 90% on a permanent basis. All Idahoans deserve affordable access to health care. The State of Idaho needs to work with the federal government to make protect all citizens. Idahoans contribute to federal taxes, the state should allow the federal government to contribute to those who need help by choosing to expand Medicaid.
The state has an obligation to provide a pathway to fulfill Idaho’s vision for public schools and students. Idaho needs to offer more competitive salaries for Idaho teachers in order to compete with other states as well as private sector jobs that attract professionals. They should also be open to contributing to the maintenance of buildings and operations when local schools need help.
The labor market needs all types of skilled and professional workers. In order for Idaho to improve the go-on rate for students leaving high school, Idahoans need to place value in all occupations ranging from those requiring professional technical certificates to those demanding doctorates. Once students feel proud of the choices they are making, they will have the motivation to take the required pathway to achieve their dream job. This will make a great impact on the economy and morality of our great state.
The federal government has an obligation to uphold the United States Constitution and to protect citizens’ freedoms. States have a right to advocate for their traditional values. Three important values to Idahoans are family, healthy living, and the great outdoors. The state must work with both the federal and local governments to make sure the people and land of Idaho are protected. We cannot hand over our livelihoods to special interests.
The state should give local governments the right to create policies that explicitly address specific needs of their community members and uphold local values such as environmental stewardship and social justice.
We must keep public lands available to the public. If the state wants to take control of federal lands to sell them to the highest bidder, then I believe it is best for the federal government to control federal lands so that all Idahoans have access to the beautiful outdoors.
Three bills I opposed this legislative session were House Bill 372, House Bill 463, and Senate Bill 1339. I oppose these bills because I believe local municipalities have a right to create policies that protect their environment and local constituents. Local control is important especially when it used in an effort to protect the interest of the local environment and people.
During this session I would have supported Senate Bill 1204. This bill gave the State of Idaho an opportunity to protects those who are in the health care gap. I believe Idaho has responsibility with the federal government to make sure all Idahoans have access to health care regardless of their income.
I would have supported Senate Bill 1196, also known as the ADD THE WORDS bill. My hope is that one day all people will have freedom from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
One bill that was passed this legislative session that I would have also supported was House Bill 544. It amended the current law to provide compensation for firefighters who were disabled or died due to certain firefighter occupational diseases. We must continue to show them our gratitude.
The role of a part-time citizen Legislature is to use its limited time to help improve and protect Idahoans’ quality of life. The Legislature needs to focus on addressing Idaho’s economy, human rights, and environmental issues. It needs to focus less on gaining power from the federal and local governments and focus more time on protecting its citizens. The Legislature needs to illuminate Idaho with integrity and prove that it is truly motivated by Idaho’s citizens not special interests. The will of the people can be accomplished, if WE THE PEOPLE UNITE!
I have supported Senator Bernie Sanders since he announced his candidacy. However, he is no longer a candidate. Senator Sanders has called for his supporters to stand with Hillary Clinton. At this moment, I truly have not decided if I will stand with Hillary Clinton or stand with Jill Stein. I am listening to God and allowing him to instruct me. I have not heard the answer, yet. Ultimately, I know God will move me to vote for the person who will do the most good. Now let me make this clear, I am running for the Idaho State Senate because God has called me to be part of the political revolution Senator Bernie Sanders has started. Pope Francis admires Senator Sanders and I wish to be a public servant who is worthy of God's grace. If elected, I will do my best to help Idaho shine bright like the GEM Idaho is regardless of who becomes the next President.