Voters’ Guide 2: Candidates for U.S. House and Legislature Seat A

James Piotrowski running strong for U.S. House

James Piotrowski is gaining in his race for Congress. As a lawyer, he has fought to protect the Constitutional rights of Idahoans, especially workers and those with disabilities.  He has also worked closely with organizations seeking to protect Idaho’s wild places and to make Idaho an even better place for families.From James’ website:

                I would support existing and new apprenticeship and vocational-technical programs that ensure our citizens and our kids have the skills for successful careers, and that businesses can hire Idaho citizens with the skills they need.

My opponent would transfer our federal lands, including such iconic places as the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, to the State of Idaho…If Idaho takes responsibility for those lands, it will be forced to increase our state taxes to pay for firefighting and road maintenance, and ultimately will have to sell our heritage off to private companies and individuals…

I would support programs that ensure that no veteran goes homeless, protect retirement benefits for career soldiers, sailors and marines, and honor the sacrifices that our nation has asked its citizens to make. Finally, I would never ask for such sacrifice lightly, and only when that sacrifice is needed to protect core American values and interests.

2C Dems Run for Rep A Seats
District 9: Rejeanna Goolsby
Reanna Goulsby earned an M.Ed. from the College of Idaho and worked as a mental health counsellor for Idaho Health and Welfare for 15 years.  She wants to see Medicaid expanded, gun background checks tightened, and public lands kept open to the public.  She believes Idaho must provide improved education and opportunites if it is to keep youth and teachers in the state.
.District 10:  Jeremy Lopett (website)
Jeremy Lopett is a computer technician, businessman, and event planner.  For 15 years, he has hosted Anime Oasis, an annual Japanese animation convention which brings tens of thousands of tourism dollars to Idaho.  He strongly supports fair wages, early childhood education, and equal rights for all.  He opposes fracking as unsafe and, at current prices, unprofitable.District 11: Dr. Edward Savala 
For over 30 years, Dr. Savala has served as a medical doctor specializing in family practice.  He and his wife operate the Santa Maria Clinic in Caldwell.  Through his work, Savala has helped workers with limited wages pay for basic needs and healthcare. He wants to see a stronger safety net for Idaho families, including better wages, jobs, and schools.District 12:  Maria Mabbutt (website)

Maria Mabbutt earned a degree in multicultural education from Boise State University and currently assists migrant students there. She also owns a small business, Power of Translation.  Her top priority is ensuring a quality education for Idaho students.  She supports Medicaid expansion, increased incentives for small businesses , and a minimum wage increase.
District 13: No candidate
Unforunately, no one is running for representative in District 13.

Published by Judy Ferro

Judy Ferro is communication director for the 2C Dems and a columnist for the Idaho Press.

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