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Joe Alfieri

State Representative Legislative District 4 Seat A

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Biography & Background

I’m an entrepreneur and a businessman. I opened the first retail computer store in New York City in 1980, selling Apple IIs to the New York Times, Newsweek, and others. After selling the business, I was a typography director for large advertising agency with major accounts such as Mercedes-Benz. Moving to California, I started a boutique ad agency serving the Apple computer peripheral market in the Bay Area. When Apple’s market share dropped dramatically, we closed business and I went into auto sales. At the same time I began taking classes in web design, and then became a corporate trainer serving companies such as EDS and GM.
After my wife and I became empty nesters, we moved to Coeur d’Alene to be closer to her family, who have been here since Idaho was a territory. I was a business developer for a local company, and also became involved with the chamber of commerce, and the CDA Economic Development Committee.
On retiring, I began to attend city council meetings and other government meetings, and local political club meetings. Before running for mayor last year, I had no prior political experience, but have always read about, watched and studied politics and public policy. My broad range of experience and interest in many areas, my study skills and ability to quickly absorb information, and my decision making skills give me the foundation to be successful as a state legislator.
Moreover, I am passionate in my desire to prevent Idaho from becoming another overtaxed, crime-ridden and lawless state. I will stand against policies that conflict with our traditional Idaho values. As a two-time political refugee, I have seen this scenario played out before, and I pledge to do everything in my power to not let it happen here.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Taxes and spending. My first goal is to do everything possible to eliminate the grocery tax. I’m only one vote on this, but I will work hard to work with other legislators to get this done. The state’s budget surplus easily covers any lost revenue from the loss of this terrible, immoral tax. Income taxes should also be reduced dramatically, making Idaho a more attractive place to live and work, which will foster economic growth. We are also in need of reform and reduction of property tax rates. Our property tax burden now weighs heavily against homeowners, who now pay71% of the tax, compared with corporations. The split used to be 50/50. And now with the recent dramatic rise in property values, we are at risk of seeing homeowners taxed out of their homes as rates rise to reflect new property values. A cut in rates, or legislation similar to California’s Prop. 13, which limited property tax increases to one percent, and established the assessed value at the time of the property’s sale, is worth examining.
2. Election Integrity. A recent examination of state election laws across the country saw Idaho finish 38th in election security. While we are fortunate in having an elections office in Kootenai county that is among the best in the country, the state’s election laws need to be overhauled. Affidavit voting, ballot harvesting, and loose voter ID laws create an environment ripe for cheating. Additionally, barriers to election challenges and forensic audits must be removed, so that thorough examinations of elections are easily done. We must be assured that our votes count.
3. Government Overreach — The legislature allowed the governor to overstep his authority in response to Covid-19, and continued to sit on the side-line until the very last moment, finally passing a bill to declare the emergency over after more than 700 days. One could argue about what was the best response to Covid, but there is no doubt that the legislature allowed its constitutional authority to be usurped by the executive branch, time and again. People lost jobs, and many others lost businesses; there was no excuse for the legislature not to act.

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.”