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Claudia Dalby

State Representative Legislative District 6 Seat A

Biography & Background

Born into a Communist Country, Claudia saw firsthand how the government controlled every aspect of her family’s life. Her grandmother would leave the house at three in the morning to walk to the grocery store, then stand in line for hours to purchase basic things such as bread or sugar. Around the time she turned seven years old, her father made the decision to escape the country and take her along with him. The two ended up in Austria, being sponsored by a church to enter legally into the United States.
She met her husband thirty-two years ago, having three beautiful children together. For twenty-eight years she was a military wife, and this experience helped her gain a deep respect for those that have died for the freedoms we all have.
Today, Claudia sees the direction the government has been allowed to move towards and she wants to ensure that those ideologies do not slither into the great state of Idaho.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Schools should focus on education not indoctrination. The last couple of years have demonstrated that our schools have allowed coercive tactics into their operations, staff development, and curriculum that are unsuitable and/or contrary to the philosophies and ideologies of the parents. Although the passing into law of H0377 prohibited some of these indoctrination tactics associated with critical race theory, our citizens are now left with the onerous task of challenging those practices that have already crept in and, further, cleaning out their schools and communities of reprehensible content. The families of this great country come from diverse religions, and cultural backgrounds and schools should have no authority to impose what they feel is “correct” over each individual household or school employees. Schools need to stick to the core subjects that will enable each child to become successful members of society.
2. Ensure that our 1st and 2nd amendment rights are protected. Lately, there has been a lot of censorship and doxing of opposing thoughts and/or ideas. These types of actions propose we live in a world where if one does not agree to a one-sided opinion then they get erased. My dad had to whisper his political views years ago and had to live in fear of being turned in to the authorities if they found out he did not agree with the regime of that time. That is not freedom! I will fight to steer away from dangerous Socialist ideologies or any authoritarian type thinking. We are not a true free people when we allow our freedoms to get chipped away. The two most important freedoms that are constantly under attack are our right to speak and associate freely and our right to keep and bear arms. By protecting our 2nd amendment our 1st amendment is defended. We can thus ensure that our children will be a free people for which our forefathers fought and sometimes sacrificed their lives.
3. Limiting and/or simplifying government. I believe that Americans can make better decisions about their personal health needs without the government telling them what to do. Scientific data needs to be objectively scrutinized over years of data, by many sources, and must never be politically swayed in any one direction. If there is no data, the government should inform, but not mandate. I remain against mask mandates and vaccine mandates most especially because they have eroded the trust in our public institutions that had been built over time. The flipside to government overreach is government mission creep. Government should be cautious with spending policy, and taxpayers’ money should be carefully handled. I will vote to allocate our tax dollar spending only to the most important public infrastructure and programs that have a demonstrated need and for which government intervention is appropriate.

Latah county Legislator Questions

What are the top three issues you believe our legislative district faces?

1. Poor conservative voter turnout – Republicans outnumber democrats in the district, but consistently trail behind democrats in voter turnout. While the trend is true across all the rural areas, Moscow represents the weakest link. We need to find ways to increase our participation in our civic responsibilities. It’s part of our beliefs as conservatives – why don’t we live up to them? 2. How to manage population growth. While much of this burden rests on county and municipalities to manage through zoning and planning commissions, I have been approached numerous times about possibilities to address this at the State Legislative level, perhaps through writing state-level policy to deal with illegal immigration and the deleterious effects that may follow from the border crisis. 3. Defending our schools against indoctrination. I believe many of us have blinders on regarding this matter. Some people believe indoctrination of our children doesn’t happen in Idaho and (more disturbingly) they believe it cannot happen. Indoctrination of our children has existed for the entirety of the history of public education in the United States. It has not all been one-sided either as many special-interests, religious, or ideological motivations have been consumed by the irresistible opportunity of government power to influence future generations. This power is too great for the government to manage and needs to be balanced with more power to parents. School-choice gives power to the parents.

Describe two examples of state government overreach. What are your ideas to address these?

1. Continued extension of the emergency with a failure of the legislature to end it. 2. State-level lawmakers hiding behind “sanctity of local control” or “private sector rights” in failing to protect individual freedoms from forced masking, forced vaccinations and vaccination passports.

There’s an expectation that candidates must explain which potential laws they will promote if elected. Let’s flip that around and ask, “What existing law will you seek to repeal and why?”

I’m learning quickly about legislative processes and the complexity of taxation and appropriation. I am, however, not yet in a position to commit to selecting a specific law for repeal. Many voters have brought the grocery tax and credit to my attention and that is something I will continue to examine as a possibility.

A famous chant of Democrats since the 1980s is “You can’t legislate morality.” Should morality and virtue be considerations in public policy? If not, why not? If so, what standard will you use to decide what is moral? Can the “the will of the public” be wrong? If not, why not? If so, please describe your leadership role relative to public policy making when the public will is wrong.

Part 1. Should morality be considered in public policy? The fact is that morality and virtue are already considerations in public policy, especially criminal law. My standard will be to vote my conscience based on how I have represented my positions to the people and how the people continue to communicate the issues with me. Part 2. Can “the will of the public” be wrong? Yes. Individuals can be wrong. Voting groups, like commissions, councils, and juries can all come to wrong conclusions. Legislatures can produce bad legislation. The public can be wrong. We live in an imperfect world and have an imperfect government. My job, as only one vote in 70, is to sort out all the conflicting input and to vote my conscience based on how I have represented my positions to the people and how the people continue to communicate the issues with me.

Substantial portions of Idaho wilderness are controlled and managed by the federal government. What is your viewpoint on this land management issue?

I agree with the Idaho Republican Party platform that Idaho should manage and administer all state and federal lands.

Please provide an example of an emerging public health phenomenon that you think warrants further research and investigation.

We need a full accounting of the impact of the pandemic to include unintended consequences from the psychological impact of government lockdowns, forced masking, vaccine coercion and other government intervention or failure to intervene to protect individual freedoms.

As Idahoans seek to be open minded and supportive, there is a visible struggle against women’s rights in sports as biological males use medical interventions to alter aspects of their biological gender. Additionally male and female adolescents are encouraged to make irreversible and devastating changes to their bodies. From your perspective, what challenge does Idaho face and are there any steps you want to take in response?

Prevent sexual or transexual indoctrination in schools!

If elected to the house/senate, you will be only one of 70/35 votes. Please describe the leadership you will provide to build coalitions to get things done.

Good leadership starts with good followership. If elected, I will be a freshman lawmaker and will need to learn the processes and procedures of legislative matters. Good followership, however, does not mean conformity or submission to special interest pressures. I will put my effort into analyzing the proposals and voting consistent with my campaign message. I will further seek out the guidance of more experienced lawmakers with true conservative records to join with in effort to pass good legislation.

There are both Leftwing and Rightwing extremist organizations which strive to influence the making of Idaho laws. Please explain your approach to navigating these influences.

Unfortunately, as I understand it, Idaho does not support it’s lawmakers with the ability to hire a robust and politically neutral analytical staff. As a consequence, legislators turn to outside analytical groups (special interest) and other lawmakers (conformity with the norm) to either be told how to vote or to vote with the masses. I will make every effort to independently form an opinion on debated legislation and vote my conscience based on how I have represented my positions to the people and how the people continue to communicate the issues with me.

What are key differences between you and your Republican Party opponent(s)?

I am independent minded. I am against stronger government. I am against stronger public-school bureaucracy. I am against stronger big-business lobbyists (and I don’t sit on any of their special-interest boards.) I am for school-choice as the antidote to the virtually inevitable indoctrination creeping its way into our public schools. I am for stronger parents and stronger citizens in our great state!

Latah County General Questions

Latah County Oath of Office

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of (insert office) according to the best of my ability.”

Freedom: Explain your position on First Amendment rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Do you think these rights have eroded?

The government hides behind private sector corporations, but yes, our 1st amendment rights have been eroded, most noticeably against conservative values. Our ideas are being limited in open forum by biased media and information sharing platforms and our right to freely assemble came under dire attack during the pandemic with church congregations being deemed “non-essential.”

Race-Based Politics: Martin Luther King famously stated, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Also, the Preamble to the Idaho Republican Platform states, “We believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.” What is your perspective on race or sex-based politics?

I agree with Dr. King and the Idaho Republican party platform. I am adamantly against indoctrination tactics that force a microscopic view on matters of perceived privilege based on skin color.

Illegal Immigration: Over two million immigrants have crossed U.S borders in the last 15 months accompanied with human trafficking, drug trafficking, violent criminals, and potential terrorists that Americans are paying for financially and in other ways. What are your thoughts on local impacts resulting from illegal immigration?

First, we need to secure our borders and Idaho can be part of that demand signal to the federal government. Second, we will have to deal with the impact of those who have already entered illegally. This will likely place a larger burden on law enforcement, of whom we need to support with robust laws enabling their ability to handle, process, and deport illegals who pose a violent threat.

Limited Government: Describe your policy position on taxation, spending, and budgeting relative to state or local government?

Less taxing and less spending. Easier said than done. More lawmakers need to challenge the appropriations bills and the numerous bills that propose to put more regulation work in the hands of the government.

Problem Solving: Describe two difficult interactions you have experienced and how you contributed to a resolution?

I have repeatedly stated that I am not a politician or a businesswoman. My examples of problem-solving naturally delve deep into my personal affairs which are exceedingly challenging to present in a public forum. I would like to ask a question of the electorate. Do you need more legislators that have been conditioned to consistently cave under the pressure of lobbyists, or do you need more legislators that vote consistently as they represented themselves during their campaigns?

Republicanism: Do you subscribe to the Idaho Republican Party Platform? Describe any exceptions.

I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party 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. Article I, Section 5.E. I am neutral on term limits. Article XIV, Section 2.A. I have reservations about the government attempting to define marriage by gender. Article XIV, Section 3.A. I oppose abortion and support legislation to strictly limit its use. I have reservations in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger.

Governance: The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” How will this declaration influence you in administering your office, if elected?

This quoted passage encapsulates what I believe has made America a desirable nation to live in, ally with, and pledge allegiance to. It already represents the essence of my campaign message which will form the basis for how I intend to assess, interpret, and vote for legislative matters.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party 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.”

Article I, Section 5.E. I am neutral on term limits.
Article XIV, Section 2.A. I have reservations about the government attempting to define marriage by gender.
Article XIV, Section 3.A. I oppose abortion and support legislation to strictly limit its use. I have reservations in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger.

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