DeeDee and I have lived in Twin Falls since 1977. We have two daughters and five grandkids. We are blessed with good-health and successful professional careers. DeeDee is a retired teacher, and I retired after 40 years in the financial services industry.
After my time on the Twin Falls City Council, including six years as Mayor, friends were saying, "It was time!" It was time to use my experience and run for the state legislature. That was eight years ago. I am now seeking another two years. I have now represented Twin Falls in the Idaho House of Representatives, serving on the Education, Business and Local Government Committees. Four of those years as the Vice Chairman of the Business Committee, and the past two years as Chairman of the Education Committee.
In the 2021 session, Education will have challenges to deal with school closures, budgets and the process of adopting proposed standards for language, math and science. We will no longer be a “Common Core” state. Will need to prepare for these changes. A revised Career Ladder was approved last year, but the pandemic has side-tracked full implementation. We need to move forward to assure that our veteran teachers are recognized for their professional talents and teamwork. The new Advanced Professional designation will do a great deal to retain our quality veteran teachers.
Unexpected state revenues are getting a lot of attention. I see an opportunity to reform our tax structure, shift unfunded mandates from property taxes to state sales taxes, and or income taxes. Property Tax relief is high on my priorities, which could reduce school district dependency on supplemental levies. I expect some tax relief and my preference is to reduce property taxes.
I am routinely told to trust my instincts and values the church has taught. I have a long record of service to Twin Falls and District 24, you can trust me to protect all your rights, rely on my personal values and look to the US and Idaho Constitutions as guides in all my decisions. Communications are important and I believe that being accessible and a good listener is important for any leader. I will continue to be the responsive, attentive and conservative representative you know.
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