Biography and Background

I grew up on a ranch 8 miles outside Kamiah, attended kindergarten through 12th grade there, graduating in 1984. I went on to the University of Idaho and there joined the Idaho Army National Guard in 1986. In 1987 I became a full time active duty guard member, and was transferred to Mountain Home in 1990, where I’ve lived ever since. I retired from the Guard in 2007 after serving in Iraq with the 116th Brigade in 2004-2005.

After retirement, I was elected to two terms to the Mountain Home city council, in 2007 and 2013. In 2012 I finished the degree I started in 1986, earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boise State University. As part of my degree, I interned with a law firm serving local governments, assisting them with comprehensive plan rewrites, drafting ordinances, assisting with legal research, and testifying in legislative committees on issues affecting local government and schools. After graduation, I continued working for the firm in a consulting role. Finding the work rewarding and enjoyable, I decided to attend law school, and graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2018 and was admitted to the bar that same year, and am now an associate attorney at the same firm, where I’ve worked for the past 10 years.

I currently serve as attorney for 16 cities and a countywide library district, located in 12 counties across 10 legislative districts. The cities I represent range in population from 14,000 to less than 100, in counties ranging from Idaho’s smallest to its fourth largest in population. Each day I deal with issues facing those cities, and how best to legally address those issues. I attend multiple city council meetings each month and I am continually impressed by the sense of duty and commitment these officials have in serving their citizens.

I am also a prosecutor or deputy prosecutor for 5 cities, prosecuting misdemeanor and infraction crimes. I’m in a courtroom nearly every week dealing with judges, defense attorneys, defendants, victims, police officers, and court staff.

Top 3 Issues

Issue 1

One major issue facing Idaho is the increasing push to adopt sweeping statewide legislation to address nonexistent, hypothetical, or purely local problems, problems best resolved at the local level by the parties with the most knowledge of the issue. Too frequently, the “fix” is unnecessary and creates consequences far worse than the problem it purports to solve. ” Creating new laws when there already exist laws to address problems, or creating laws to solve nonexistent problems is making government larger, not smaller. Our state government needs to take a step back and allow governments closest to the people to do their jobs without new roadblocks. I have the experience necessary to evaluate legislation with a view toward the effects it could have. I frequently encounter statutes that could use minor tweaking to make more clear how they are to be applied.

Issue 2

Idaho’s Constitution states: “The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” An act “to establish a public school system and to provide for the maintenance, and supervision of public schools” was passed by Idaho’s territorial Legislature in 1875. Idaho’s commitment to educating its citizens- a public good- predates statehood. Idaho has derived incalculable economic benefit from the wisdom of our founders in investing in a uniform and thorough system of public schools, including our institutions of higher learning that have pioneered research in agriculture, mining, forestry, engineering, and education. Those who deride and criticize our educators and our system of education do so from a position of ignorance, not experience or evidence.

Issue 3

Idaho’s water resources are critical to our economy. With growth comes increasing demand for water, which is critically scarce in some areas of District 8, reflected in declining aquifers. Balancing the needs of growing cities with the needs of agriculture and other beneficial uses requires skilled and careful monitoring and intervention where appropriate under the vast body of Idaho water law. I fully support aquifer recharge efforts.

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.”
Article I: Sections 2I, 3C, 4, 5D, 5F; Article III, Section 10; Article X, last sentence; Article XIV Sections 2, 3A, 3D, 3F; Article XVIII, second sentence

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