Beverlee Furner

State Representative Legislative District 10 Seat B

Biography & Background

Born in Santa Monica, CA. Began in healthcare at a young age of 13 as a volunteer candy striper. This ignited a driving force and passion for the care of people and continuing education. AS degree in nursing: both LPN and RN; BS degree, Bellevue Univ. in Healthcare administration; Ball State University Masters of Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurse Practitioner (NP) roles in the ER, sleep medicine, hospice, mental health, NICU, Federal occupational health with Health and Human Services, domestic violence evaluation trained (SART) and the last step of my journey was in Star, ID owning my own healthcare practice in family practice. I was the solo provider for my 4500 patients and loved it!

Moved to Idaho 29 years ago with my young sons for the lifestyle that Idaho presented and fell in love with Idaho. For the past 11+ years, I’ve been in Middleton as the chosen city that I wanted to retire in. Was “bitten” by the political bug and served 6 years on the Middleton City Council as the City doubled in size.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Issue #1. The issue I have heard and seen the most in the past few weeks is the rising cost of gasoline prices. I am not exactly sure at this time, how this could be addressed but it does need to be! So, my official top issue is healthcare and the health of Idaho citizens. I would like to work to ensure Idahoans can oversee and guide their own healthcare with resources available to them. The House currently has one medical provider who is retiring with this session. I would like to be the medical resource to the Health and Welfare Committee. Many aspects of being a nurse and nurse practitioner have benefits in other fields, including politics. Nurse practitioners in Idaho have full practice authority, this allows NP’s to evaluate patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests (x-rays, MRI and CT scans, labs, etc.), create and manage treatment plans and prescribe medicines.
2. Issue #2. Taxes are a huge area of concern in so many areas currently. Property taxes for our homes have skyrocketed over the past several years; retired people and lower income people are struggling to stay in their homes. I am opposed to increasing more money for property owners who live in their home. Cities are struggling to manage growth at the fast rate it has been going and the legislation needs to support the cities, and the resources to maintain cities, such as fire fighters and police. Funding is always a delicate subject, but I feel that we can make progress with better communication.
3. Issue #3. Education – As a mother, I fully understand the value and importance of the preparation of our youth. The youth is our future! Teachers need our support and retaining great teachers is a process that has started in Idaho this year. The past 2 years during the COVID-19 health crisis, has presented a true challenge for teachers, educators, childcare workers and parents. No one was really prepared for this pandemic and hopefully we are continuing to learn from this process.

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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