Wednesday, October 31, 2012

District 26 House Seat A

Q&A


1) What will you do to boost the state’s economy?

2) How will you vote on bills that would limit a woman’s right to have an abortion?

3) Do you support a proposed amendment to make hunting, fishing and trapping a constitutional right? Why or why not?

4) What will you do in the Legislature to ensure that business is conducted openly and fairly?

5) How will you deal with the challenges of implementing the Affordable Care Act?

John C. Remington

Age: 55

Profession: Former teacher and administrator.

Education: B.A. history, Western Washington University.

Previous experience in public office: None elected.

Party affiliation: Democrat.

Why are you running? I believe I can make a difference as a representative. I base this on my 24 years experience establishing positive relationships and successfully working with people throughout all of the communities of our district.

1) I will support legislation that increases funding to education at all levels. I believe we cannot increase our state’s economy without insuring that our people are trained and educated. Having a base of qualified, innovative and vibrant workers will attract new business to the state.

2) I am opposed to any and all legislation that might limit the rights of women.

3) I support hunting and fishing in the state of Idaho. I do not believe this legislation warrants being a constitutional amendment.

4) One of my main campaign points has been to treat all constituents and areas of our district equally and fairly. I will conduct my legislative business the same way. I believe a more balanced Legislature will lead to more open and fair policies.

5) I believe we need to make health care affordable and accessible to all Idahoans. The governor’s committee will have purposed which type of exchange by Election Day. It will take time implementing all aspects of this act and we must be diligent and thorough with legislation. Additional funding for those disadvantaged by mental illness and physical disability must be a top priority.

Steve Miller

Age: 62

Profession: Small businessman, organic farmer, rancher.

Education: B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at University of Idaho.

Previous experience in public office: Camas Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors, Camas County Planning & Zoning, Camas County commissioner, National Association of Conservation Districts Executive Board, United States Department of Agriculture Organic Advisory Board, National Association of Conservation Districts secretary-treasurer, president of the Idaho Association of Conservation Districts, Camas County representative on Region IV Economic Development.

Party Affiliation: Republican.

Why are you running? Today, Idahoans face challenges including the economy, business environment, unemployment rates, water rights and the Affordable Care Act.  With my lifetime of work experience and 34 years of voluntary public service, I can make a difference in this difficult time.

1) For Idaho’s economy to thrive, small businesses—retail, farming, travel, manufacturing, hospitality, ranching, food service, dairy—must have an environment conducive to success.   I will collaborate with other legislators to develop that environment, grow business, and increase jobs in Idaho.  

2) Today, women and men have a variety of readily available contraception methods.  I support these methods, but believe that life begins at conception.

3) The U.S. Constitution and Idaho statute protect the essence of HJR2a: the right to hunt, fish and trap.  I support these rights and the right of Idahoans, should they desire, to add a Constitutional amendment as another layer of protection.  

4) I began public service at 28, before “transparency” became a popular word.  I have the experience to recognize hogwash and the ability to clean it up. Moreover, I invite voters to join me in monitoring fairness by communicating their concerns.

5) Idahoans should have the best possible health care available.  The insurance exchange is not the solution. Under it, as federal support dwindles, Idahoans will pay an additional $60 million for Medicaid, while individual and small business insurance costs increase.

 




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