Biography and Background

I hail from Alaska and come from a family of homesteaders. I was taught from an early age to be self-reliant and hard working. My family relocated to Texas during my teenage years and I was able to take advantage of some great educational opportunities and obtain degrees in Chemistry, Biology and finally Medicine. After completing a Residency in Family Medicine I chose to move to Idaho and had an old-fashioned Family Medicine Practice where I delivered babies, assisted in surgeries, and took care of patients in the hospital and clinic. Life was busy and hectic. When I was presented with the opportunity to join academia, I was uncertain at first. However, I was given the opportunity to teach anatomy and physiology at our local community college. I fell in love with it as it was so in-line with my medical background and the students were awesome. I went from helping patients heal or improve their health to helping students become the healers. There are a lot of really great hard-working people here in North Idaho.
Currently, I advocate for my community through various forms of volunteerism, but I cannot ignore the need in our area for political realignment. Our area has fought long and hard against those who would diminish our community with hatred and division. I believe I can make a difference. This is why I am stepping up and asking for others to believe in my commitment to service and our community. Put me, a hard-working woman who listens into office.

Top 3 Issues

Issue 1

We have a housing crisis. Idaho is a beautiful state full of outdoor opportunities. Recently, many people have flocked to our state and have been buying up homes. Now private equity firms and hedge fund companies have discovered our area and have contributed to taking single family homes off the market. Six years ago, 75% of our average wage earners could afford to purchase their own home. Now, 80% cannot. A family has to make more than $100,000 a year in order to get home financing. This problem is not going to go away any time soon. There are groups working to provide help, but it is not enough. We must find legislative solutions. It’s important to keep our workers, families and locals who want to stay here housed and with good jobs.

Issue 2

Inflation and cost of living are making it difficult for young families and seniors to survive in Idaho financially. While we cannot do anything about inflation there are some things tax-wise we can do to help our people. Let’s increase the grocery tax credit for our residents. Keeping the grocery tax is a reasonable way to garner revenue from tourism and nonresidents. Additionally, we should enhance property tax relief with some tweaks in our circuit breaker program. This is a reasonable way to make sure our seniors and lower wage workers can stay in their homes. Locals may not know it, but our county property tax rate is one of the lowest in our state. Taxes are needed to pay for infrastructure repairs, maintenance and upgrades.

Issue 3

School budget funding is confusing in Idaho. Years ago, our legislature and governor decided locals should pay for more of their own children’s education and created a formula where the state roughly pays for 60% of budget, locals 28% and Feds 12%. Our 28% obligation is in the form of either bonds or levies. We are financially responsible, but these obligations expire creating periodic renewal and confusion. School budgets are not flexible, cannot adjust for inflation. Schools are not allowed savings accounts or credit. When a bond or levy expires it’s like a car running out of gas. It has to be refueled by the property owner. Many don’t like this local obligation. It is not equitable or easy, especially in less populated areas. It needs to be changed.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes
“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party 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.”
I have concerns regarding outcomes if the following Articles of our current platform were to become mandates:

Article 1 Sections 1B and 4

Article 13 Section 2A

Article 14 Section 3A and D

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