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Idaho Statesman Voter Guide

Biographical Info

Occupation

Software Developer

Age

41

Education

University of Idaho, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1997)

Prior political experience

Previous campaigns and various political organizations, including leadership positions

Civic involvement

Religious and volunteer organizations, including leadership positions

Years living in Idaho

24

Family

Married, 10 children


Campaign Questions

What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

First of all, I meet the Idaho constitutional qualifications to be on the ballot in District 11, whereas my opponent lives in District 10 and relies on her cronies to try to justify her residency.  She sees no conflict of interest as she chairs the Judiciary and Rules Committee while her husband sits as a judge.  She implemented Obamacare through her vote for Ottercare.  In short, she is the very definition of an establishment politician and can't seem to find the "no" button when it comes to expanding government.  On the other hand, I understand the proper role of government and how to apply those principles to actual policy.  I also have the courage to stand up and protect our liberty.

If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.

I have one priority, and that is to restore and safeguard our liberty.  We do not need a bigger government with more laws and higher taxes.  We need to repeal laws, reduce spending, and scale back government.  That would be my mission.

For challengers: How have you prepared to run for this office? For incumbents: What have been your contributions to your office this term?

My studies and personal convictions have led me to a logical and comprehensive understanding of good government principles.  I have become involved politically over the years to educate, influence, and implement these principles.  I do not seek power nor control over the lives of others, but rather to end such practices.

The Legislature increased spending for K-12 schools by 5.1 percent for the 2014-15 school year to $1.3 billion. But accounting for enrollment growth, spending is still more than $100 million behind support in the 2008-2009 school year. What percentage increase will you support should you be elected for the 2015-16 school year?

Increased spending is not going to solve our educational issues.  If we truly care about the quality of education, we need to understand that public funding and control is the problem, not the solution.  We need to recognize and support the God-given responsibility of parents to educate their children by returning public education back to the private sector.  I have a plan to do that.

Idaho hasn't raised fuel taxes or motor vehicle registration fees since damaging floods in 1995. A 2010 state study found local and state highways and bridges have $262 million in unmet annual needs for operations, preservation and restoration, and $281 million in unmet annual needs for capacity and safety. Would you support an increase in the 25-cents per gallon gas tax or in registration fees. If so, how much?

I do not support raising taxes, nor do I support the registration of private property with the government.  Idaho has the funds and resources needed (see Idaho's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) to maintain public works and assets until they can be assessed against the proper role of government and divested as needed as we work to reduce the size and scope of state government.

The Legislature has delayed expanding Medicaid to about 100,000 low-income Idahoans, though a University of Idaho study says taking advantage of federal subsidies would save local and state taxpayers $1.1 billion over 10 years. Would you support expanding Medicaid, or, as lawmakers did in Arkansas, provide a subsidy to purchase private insurance for those 100,000 Idahoans?

I support eliminating all welfare programs, including Medicaid.  Funding welfare through the federal government versus state government does not address the real issue of all welfare programs, which use the force of government to redistribute wealth.  This is legalized plunder.

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has fallen short of expectations, though Idaho ranks No. 2 in per capita enrollment. Do you support abolishing the state exchange and ceding the operation to the federal government?

I support abolishing the state exchange, but I do not support ceding the operation to the federal government.  Idaho lawmakers should have handled the situation differently from the beginning.  Instead of toothless resolutions, lawsuits, and acquiescing to the deception of "state control", we should instead stand up as a state and nullify the unconstitutional acts of Congress and the federal administration.

Have you been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment? If so, what, when and where?

No, but I believe my opponent and her cronies should be held accountable for violations of the Idaho election law.

Have you or a company you owned filed bankruptcy? If so, when and where?

No