Prior political experience
Idaho Representative District 14, Majority Leader of the House
Star Fire District Commissioner, Service in the Idaho Legislature
Years living in Idaho
3 children, 2 grandchildren, 3rd-generation Idahoan
Reducing Our Tax Burden: I will fight to lower our tax burden here in Idaho. Idaho’s individuals and businesses are paying higher taxes than they should - especially when you look at our surrounding states. Idaho needs to be more competitive in order to support our families, our schools and our economy.
Protecting Access to Our Public Lands: I love the Idaho outdoors. I have spent a lifetime enjoying the natural resources and recreational opportunities in our state. I want to make sure that my children and grandchildren get to enjoy the same opportunities I have. I support keeping these lands open to the public and do not support the sale of these public lands.
Choice in Education: As a father of three children (who attended public schools), and now a grandfather of two grand kids, I recognize that an excellent education system benefits both our families and our communities. I will work to provide choice in education and focus on ensuring our education dollars are spent with accountability.
If Idaho decides to cover the gap population we need to make sure the consequence of this expansion does not cause harm to education funding and other budgets of the state. We must proceed with caution and find an Idaho solution.
Like our state constitution says - we have an obligation to provide a uniform and thorough education. I support more funding for schools and we need to make sure these funds are spent in an accountable manner. We must verify that we are getting the desired results from education funding.
To improve Idaho’s ‘go-on’ rate we should provide more choices and let the individual student select their course. I support career educational opportunities. Idaho’s educational system must include opportunities such community colleges, vo-tech and trade schools.
I love the Idaho outdoors. I have spent a lifetime enjoying the natural resources and recreational opportunities in our state. I want to make sure that my children and grandchildren get to enjoy the same opportunities I have. I support keeping these lands open to the public and do not support the sale of these public lands but to allow the state to manage the lands with responsible stewardship.
Oppose fee increases. Oppose bloated budgets. Oppose Oil and Gas bill.
Support reducing taxes. Support foster care reform. Support tougher penalties for people who torture animals.
Having a part-time citizen Legislature is a positive for Idaho. Legislators are not full time and because of that they go home to their families and jobs after the session. This helps to keep them grounded and to make decisions that are more in line with the desires and needs of their district and constituents.
We must prevent the corruption of Hillary Clinton from entering the White House. This corruption is exposed daily. I support the candidate that is best positioned to block her – Donald Trump. I do not condone his comments for which he has apologized. I do enthusiastically endorse his list of potential appointments to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the legacy I will leave for my children and grandchildren and we need appointments that are in line with Idaho values.
B.S. Environmental Interpretation, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Prior political experience
Candidate for House Seat 14a in 2014, 28-year professional career with 3 federal and one NC state natural resource agency
Volunteer work with many organizations including: Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Don't Frack Idaho, Idaho Native Plant Society, Golden Eagle Audubon Society,
Years living in Idaho
Single with two dogs. I have been host mom to three Brazilian exchange students who attended Bishop Kelly HS. My mother, 5 siblings and their families are scattered from coast to coast.
By numerous measures, Idaho’s education system ranks among the worst in the nation. We can’t expect to compete on a national or global when we are failing to inspire students and prepare them for jobs that increasingly require post-secondary education. We MUST do better!
Idaho’s natural beauty and extensive public lands are assets that draw businesses, residents, and visitors to the state. Traditional industries like mining, logging, and agriculture are important to our economy, but must be conducted sustainably, with regulations and oversight to protect our environment. I oppose the sale of oil and gas leases in residential and sensitive areas on public lands. I oppose turning federal lands over to the state.
When over 15% of Idahoans live in poverty, it is imperative that the Legislature work toward solutions. We have one of the highest percentages of minimum wage workers in the nation, so increasing the minimum wage is important, as is ensuring that education and training prepares Idahoans to meet workforce demands. I'd work with local governments to provide affordable housing, public transportation, and access to affordable health care.
Idaho’s Legislature must bridge the gap between Medicaid and the state health insurance exchange. Since 2012, thirty-two states have moved forward with expansion while Idaho lags behind for purely political reasons, leaving many Idahoans—including working families—without healthcare. Improving the health of Idahoans currently without coverage will lower costs associated with Medicaid over time and reduce hospitals’ burden of unpaid care. Options presented included two degrees of coverage that would have used federal funds under the Affordable Care Act, and a partial program that would have provided some state-funded aid for health care facilities, although the source of funding was not clear. This plan didn’t cover labs, referrals, or hospitalization and would have had the state paying the whole bill. Idahoans would have gotten far fewer services than they would get if we amend the system and take advantage of the $300-400 million in federal funds that would be available to us. Idahoans contribute to federal health care programs and our money is going to other states because of the Legislature’s unwillingness to participate. It’s time for this to change!
Idaho’s Constitution obligates the state to maintain a public school system that is thorough, uniform and fair across all school districts, providing all students with the same, high-quality education. Ranked 49th in the nation in per-student spending, Idaho is definitely failing in this obligation. Over 40 school districts have 4-day weeks due to lack of funding and many districts have to run referendums to pay their bills. Funding the 2017 budget to 2009 levels is a start, but not enough.
Studies indicate that by 2018, 61% of Idaho’s jobs will require postsecondary education. Currently, only 34% of Idaho's population has a credential or degree. We are not prepared to meet the challenge of the future! Working with businesses to identify workforce needs and determine what programs Idaho can offer to meet their needs would be helpful, as would increasing affordable choices like community colleges. The 8 to 10.4% increases this year to universities, community colleges and career/technical education is not enough considering higher education suffered the largest state budget cuts (over 20% annually for several years).
All three levels of government have established roles and there are good reasons for this. Government can best meet the needs of citizens when the three levels work together for the public good. It is wrong for the state to hinder or take preemptive action on the local level that keeps people from voting for initiatives that best serve their communities. Whether it’s banning plastic bags or keeping oil and gas development out of residential areas, these are decisions that belong to local governments, not the state!
I strongly oppose the state’s efforts to take over federal lands in Idaho. I was an employee of federal and state natural resource agencies for 28 years, and I know something about the complexities of managing public lands. No state could begin to manage millions of acres of federal lands effectively. A single wildland fire could decimate the budget of a state that grossly underfunds its state parks! The purpose of state endowment lands is totally different from the many purposes of federal lands. Idahoans’ nonpartisan support for keeping our federal lands in federal hands sends a strong message to the Legislature to stop wasting time and money on this issue.
SB1339 because this industry-written bill caters to gas and oil developers while infringing on private property rights and local control over the impacts of this highly industrial industry, even in residential areas.
S1421 (Constitutional Defense Fund) because the Legislature should not be spending time and money to defend bills that are known to be unconstitutional & likely to be litigated.
HB372 prohibiting local government from banning plastic bags, and HB463 keeping local governments from raising minimum wage. These preemptive measures take away the rights of people from voting on initiatives that best suit their local communities.
HB528, establishing minimum standards for timely and effective processing of rape kits.
HB481 giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs and SB1204 and 1205 which would have provided healthcare coverage for the 78,000 people in the gap.
H554: Firefighters Presumptive Illness Bill which allows firefighters sickened by cancers & lung diseases well established to be linked to their occupation to qualify for workman's comp unless medical evidence shows otherwise.
Idaho’s part-time citizen Legislature comes together to work as one body for several months a year every year to conduct the business of translating public will into public policy, levying taxes & appropriating money. The Idaho Legislature also oversees the administration of state agencies. Not having been a member of the Legislature, I can’t say for sure whether I think this part-time versus full-time system is the best for the state, though, if it’s affordable I can see many advantages to a full-time Legislature. The bigger problem I see is that we have effectively a one-party Legislature, which along with one-part domination of all of the state’s elected officials, doesn’t represent a large percentage of Idaho’s citizens. I think this is a bad situation for any state, especially when it continues for decades. Idaho is growing and our population is becoming more diverse. It is time for our government to reflect the population’s diversity to ensure better representation of everyone’s interests and move to a more inclusive future.
I do support my party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. I support her because she IS the most qualified candidate. She has the experience, the steady hand, and thoughtfulness necessary to guide our country. I am confident that she will do so in a manner that exemplifies the values of our country here at home and around the world.