Biography and Background

As a multi-generation Idaho rancher, Doug Pickett knows the value of preserving our Idaho values for future generations.

For over 140 years his family has worked the land his great-grandfather, Moroni Pickett, settled back in 1882. Pickett was born in Twin Falls and graduated from Oakley High School. He served a church mission in Germany shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, witnessing first-hand the plight of those trapped under repressive government regimes. This experience instilled within him a desire to preserve the freedoms that make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Pickett went on to graduate with a degree in Economics from Brigham Young University in 1995. It was at BYU where Pickett became reacquainted with his future wife, Brady Beck, of Burley. They have been married for 29 years and have three sons: Maeser, Strom and Porter. Pickett has served his community in multiple capacities. He has coached youth football and basketball for over ten years, served on the boards of Oakley Vigilantes, Oakley Valley Water Company and as a Commissioner for the Oakley Valley Cemetery District. At the county level, he served as the Cassia County Gateway Powerline Taskforce Vice-Chair, Chairman of the Cassia County Federal Lands Advisory Group, and as a Cassia County Farm Bureau Board member. He also served on the Governor’s Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Advisory Taskforce.

Pickett has extensive experience serving within the Republican Party for 22 years. He has served as precinct committeeman, young republican chair, county vice-chair and has been Cassia County Republican party chairman since 2014. He has also been a member of the Republican state central committee since 2004.

Pickett and his brothers own and operate Pickett Ranch, producing wheat, potatoes, natural beef, and grass-fed lamb. The highlight of his life has been being able to work with his sons, the fifth generation of Pickett’s, on the land that they love. They are an important part of the reason why he is running to preserve and protect the Idaho way of life.

Top 3 Issues

Issue 1

Limited Government. We live in an age of increasing government influence and debt. Doug knows having a limited government ensures personal freedom. He knows that controlling the growth of government spending will provide for sustainability into the future. He will work to minimize the influence of government in our personal lives. He will work to streamline programs and increase efficiency within the budget. He will work to protect state sovereignty by minimizing the influence of federal spending in our state. He will work to ensure government control remains as local as possible.

Issue 2

Natural Resources. With a background in agriculture, Doug is a natural defender of Idaho’s natural resources. Most importantly, Doug knows that Idaho’s single most important natural resource is its water. We can count on him to represent Idaho in interstate water compacts. He will be a voice for agriculture in the development and conservation of water resources. He will advocate for the primacy of Idahoans in the management of public lands and resources.

Issue 3

Sustainable Growth. We all know that it is no longer a secret that Idaho is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Idaho is experiencing unprecedented growth. Doug will work to make sure local governments have the resources they need to accommodate the levels of growth they desire. He will work to ensure growth does not negatively impact our transportation needs, ability to educate our kids, and provide other essential government services. He will make sure that growth is positive and sustainable.

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.”
Sec. 4 Sound Currency
I do not believe it to be practical to return to the Gold Standard at this point in time.

Sec. 5 Right to Life
I do not believe in abortion, however, I do believe it should be up to the individual in cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life.

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