Biography and Background

Ben is a native, long standing resident of Idaho raised by a School Teacher mom and a Physical Therapist dad. He had simple beginnings, growing up mostly in apartments and mobile homes. Some of his best memories are fly fishing the great Coeur d’ Alene and St Joe Rivers with his father, playing football and basketball for the Lake City Timberwolves, and participating in student government at North Idaho College as Senator, Vice President, and President.

During his time at NIC, Ben found his two great passions: Political Science and his beautiful wife Elisha, marrying a day before graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree. He went on to earn a degree in International Business from prestigious Gonzaga University while at the same time starting a family with the birth of his first daughter. While attending Gonzaga, he was greatly impacted by statistics indicating that a family of 3 was in poverty if they made under a certain household income – Ben and his wife were surprised to find that, according to the sign, they were deep in poverty while they felt they were living a good albeit frugal life together! Ben is convinced that poverty is a mindset and must be battled as such.

Almost immediately after graduating from GU they bought their first home downtown CdA when Ben was 25 and Elisha was 23. Owning their own home was important to them and they put down roots in the area developing a close network of friends through church and community activities.

After college Ben helped his in-laws launch and grow a developer & manufacturer of specialty construction tools for 17 years, first as VP and later as President/CEO. The company sold products around the world and won numerous awards for innovation, exporting and product excellence. The company mission was to “”Continually Improve the lives and livelihoods of Tradesmen across the globe by providing cutting edge solutions.”” which no doubt was accomplished. They sold the company in 2019 to a like-minded tool company that has carried on the legacy.

While growing the family business the Toews also grew their family to 5 children who are now ages 7-22 all of whom have been homeschooled over the years. Ben has been honored and blessed to be a part of his childrens’ education by helping start a homeschool co-op where he taught economics, government and leadership classes to high school age students and by coaching his children’s debate club over the years. One of his greatest joys is being able to be a part of his children’s growing and learning.

Ben’s intention is to Raise the Standard that was paid for by others who pledged their life and sacred honor, so we could enjoy the fruit of Liberty. I’ll be a driving force in building a stronger, more conservative Senate with leadership that is proactive in standing against federal overreach, tyranny at all levels and against the insidious elements that are eroding away at the foundations of our great state.

Top 3 Issues

Issue 1

Protect The Vulnerable & Innocent Idaho needs to lead the way in protecting unborn children and I’m passionate about fighting to end abortion in Idaho from conception. Innocent life must be protected as a key foundation to a moral society. For too long we have allowed the most vulnerable in our society to be killed in the name of women’s rights or freedom of choice. The Idaho I envision believes in fighting for the most vulnerable. Our children’s innocence is under attack by more than just abortion advocates. We now see explicit sexual materials in the classrooms, schools and libraries where we send our children. It is not censorship to make sure that our children aren’t exposed to sexual material – it is common sense. Anyone who would promote putting material within our children’s reach is either naïve or downright evil. I will do whatever is possible to protect the innocence of our children in the formative years of their life.

Issue 2

Fight Against Federal Overreach Defending State Sovereignty is at the top of my list of governmental values because it is one of the bastions of freedom that stands between us and tyranny. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states “” The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”” One of the wonderful things about living in the USA is that each state can, and should, exercise the power to create laws based on the peculiar values and culture of the people who live within its borders. The result is that citizens don’t have to move to a different country to find a place to live where their values are supported but can even “”vote with their feet”” and move to an area that better matches the values that are important to them. Decentralizing governmental power is key to keeping our state and our nation free. My goal is to keep the Biden Administration’s liberal policies out of Idaho.

Issue 3

Protect Citizens Rights Citizens have a fundamental, God-given right to bodily autonomy and privacy regarding their medical decisions. Furthermore the Right to Bear arms is inextricably tied to the protection of our rights by ensuring Self Defense (Life), Resistance to Tyranny (Liberty) and the Ability to Hunt (Pursuit of Happiness), all core North Idaho values. The government is formed to protect rights and serve citizens not to provide special favors or redistribute wealth. Finally, property rights are at the core of our society and property ownership encourages financially and societally responsible citizenship. Lowering or eliminating property taxes is an actionable way of recognizing the right to property since never-ending property taxes undermine the fundamental concept of property ownership by imposing an ongoing “”rent”” to the government.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes
“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. I support the Idaho Republican Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”

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