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April Larson

State Representative Legislative District 17 Seat A

Biography & Background

I was raised in California by a single mom; as a result, I am a woman of grit who has learned to see through manipulation and find the truth. In 2001, I met my husband and we started our family in Seattle, Washington. We moved with our four children to Boise, Idaho in 2016, after a short time in Texas. I am a wife, mother, homeschooler and a small business owner. As a devoted Christian, I believe it is my highest calling to love God and love my neighbors. Running for office at this moment in history is an important way to serve my community.

In 2016 I realized that national elections really matter. In 2020-21 we all learned that local elections can be even more critical. We've been told that that we need to sacrifice our individual liberty for the common good, when in reality individual liberty IS the common good. I am committed to promoting and defending our constitutional God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Government/Corporate Overreach: Government exists, in large part, to protect our God-given rights. Instead, it is being used to violate them. We must not allow these public servants, corporations, health boards, schools, etc. to infringe on our bodily autonomy. Who are they to call any of us non-essential? Who are they to shut our schools, churches, and businesses? Who are they to force us to wear masks and get injected against our will? Who are they to tell us how many people we can invite for dinner at Thanksgiving? As your public servant, if I am elected, I will never support any legislation or spending that will infringe on your rights. I imagine I’ll be voting NO on a lot of appropriations bills.
2. Labor Shortages: Currently, low unemployment is being touted by the establishment as the sign of a strong Idaho economy. Typically this is a positive economic indicator; however, in this case, it demonstrates a labor shortage. You might ask how this is possible. Recent government demands have killed many Idaho small businesses. The “Covid relief” created incentives for not working. Finally, thousands of Idahoans have left the workforce due to restrictive health mandates. Idaho’s legislature needs to stop siding with big corporations over small businesses. We cannot let Walmart be essential while our local shoe store is deemed not essential. All “bonuses” for not working need to end. And all mandates should be fully lifted so everyone can return to work confidently, regardless of their personal health choices. Senate Bill 1381 passed both the House and Senate and would have gone a long way towards this, but our Governor vetoed it.
3. Lower Taxes: This past session, the establishment Republicans voted on “historic” income tax relief; however, the average Idaho resident does not benefit much from this tax cut. The tax relief Idaho residents really need was shut down at every turn. I will support reducing or eliminating property taxes and repealing the grocery sales tax. These tax cuts would help ALL Idahoans and the baseline of every family budget.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. I support the Idaho Republican 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.”

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