November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide




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Idaho House District 11 - Seat A

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

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  • Edward Savala
    (Dem)

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    Scott Syme
    (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?

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Age 65
Education BA from the College of Idaho 1976 Some classes toward an MBA
Prior political experience In 2008 I ran against Jim Risch with six other candidates in the Republican Primary for the US Senate. I was the second-place finisher. I am currently the Precinct Chair for Precinct 37 in District 11 for the Canyon County Republican Party.
Civic involvement 2013-14 President God and Country Festival, 2016 Chairman of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Board member of Vets For Success, Mentor for the Canyon County Veterans Court, Past Treasurer for the Idaho Youth Games, Treasurer for the God and Country Festival
Years living in Idaho 51
Family Married to my wife Patti for 37 years with four grown children and four grand children.
Transportation. I think is has been clearly established that transportation funding in Idaho needs to be improved. We need to look first at judicious use of our resources and then at alternative ways to fund the transportation sector as our automobiles become more fuel efficient and use less fuel. Water Rights. Our agricultural economy relies on consistent and adequate allocation of irrigation water. We must diligently guard our water rights and not let those rights be infringed upon. Medical Coverage. Most Idahos agree that the Affordable Care Act has numerous problems and creates issues with coverage and cost. I will work to help resolve those issues.
I do not believe expanding Medicaid in its current form is prudent. I believe working with my colleagues in the House of Representative to develop alternatives to the current Medicaid system we can provide a way to protect those that fall into the Medicaid gap.
Education in Idaho is critical to a future work force that can meet the needs of companies that want to locate in Idaho. Idaho needs to make sure that public education is adequately funded for our teachers and students.
I believe that local control of all issues is the best form of government. In most cases that drills itself down to individual voter control as being local control. I support managing Idaho lands at the state level as long as a way to pay for that management can be devised. I will listen to the people of Idaho and their ideas on how to pay for the management of any federal lands where control is taken back by Idaho.
I opposed banning local control of plastic bags or setting minimum wages as the best form of government is local government. I supported the change to Idaho's concealed carry law. I supported the two bills concerning no harvesting of tissue from aborted fetuses and the requirement to provide a list of places to get a free ultra sound for those considering an abortion. I support the work toward resolving water rights issues. I support removing the ban on Hybrid cars as it was discriminatory. I also support lifting the ban so that Idaho driver's licenses can meet the requirements of the Real ID.
I believe the current system for the Idaho Legislature works and don't foresee any changes necessary.
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