We have an important Primary coming up!
I have been unusually busy over the last few months, and have therefore had less time to look into each candidate. But many of these names are not new, and I’ve recently had some confirmations on those I knew less about. My friend Gresham Bouma, who ran for Idaho Senate (District 5) a number of years ago, put together his list of endorsements which lined up exactly with mine. I have not had time to create notes for each candidate, so with his permission, I am including his notes below.
Here is how I’m voting this May 15th. Notes by Gresham Bouma.
First District: Russ Fulcher
A few years back, when Obamacare was being implemented, to fully cooperate you had to establish a state exchange. Other Republican dominated states refused to cooperate, but here in Idaho most of the leadership deceived the public by claiming that establishing a state exchange gave us maximum control over it in Idaho. Russ Fulcher fought it, laying his career on the line when he did so. He did not compromise the truth, but sacrificed his political career by going against the rest of those in leadership in the Senate, House, and executive branch offices (yes, Brad Little rolled over for Obamacare, eager for more Federal dollars in Idaho’s budget).
Governor: Raul Labrador
In the Idaho Republican Party the grass roots are pretty conservative. Those rank and file Republicans are for the most part disdained by our elected politicians. Not so with Raul, who has sided with the rank and file against those in power at a number of critical points. His statements on health care have, I am sure cost him big-time since he has publicly stated (Republican State Summer Meeting) the need for open competition in medicine, meaning a level playing field for more than just the allopathic school. Recently his statement on CBD oil further clarified his sensible free-market stance while both Tommy A. and Brad L. wanted to control, license, and tax it like a drug. Brad Little’s adds have been extremely dishonest, especially his claims to being a champion for free-markets and less government. Tommy Alquist talks a good line but again his record does not support his posturing.
Lt. Gov: Janice McGeachin
Janice proved her mettle years ago in the battle to stop politicized medicine (Obamacare) from entering Idaho. She, like Russ took an honest stand against it. Steve Yates is probably her most powerful competitor. He is smooth as oil and smart as a whip. He appeared out of nowhere (actually back east) to chair the Idaho Republican Party, just a couple years ago, now he hopes to take the second highest office in the state. He is a well connected political insider who gets prodigious contributions from out of state contributors who live in California, NJ, NY, etc. (see his State of Idaho Sunshine Report).
Supt. of Public Instruction: Jeff Dillon
He is the Supt. of Wilder School District. He has brought dramatic improvements there while turning away federal dollars because of strings attached.
District 5 Senate Dan D. Foreman
Dan has done exactly what he said he would do in the Idaho Senate, and that is stand for life, lower taxes and regulation, and has refused to vote for spending that cannot be justified.
District 5 State Representative Seat A Hari Heath
I have known Hari for years. He is a solid, honest conservative. He is intelligent, principled, and reasonable.
District 5 State Representative Seat B Caroline Troy
Daniel note here: Caroline Troy is running unopposed.
Latah County Treasurer Peggy Gottschalk
Peggy is, in my opinion, the best qualified for the position. She has been a solid contributor at the grass roots level for years in our local party as well and is honest and dependable.
State Treasurer Vicky J. McIntyre