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Josh Wheeler

State Representative Legislative District 35 Seat B

Biography & Background

I was born and raised in Ammon, Idaho. I had the joy to graduate from Hillcrest High School, where I met and dated my wife, Laramie Linning. After high school, I served in Brazil for two years as a missionary and then I fulfilled my dream of marrying my high school sweetheart.
Laramie and I left our hometowns to study first in Provo, where I studied and completed a degree in construction management. After graduation, we relocated to Phoenix, where my wife went to medical school and I went to work. Happily, we were able to return to southeast Idaho, where I added to my education with an MBA from Idaho State University.
Dr. Wheeler attended the residency at Portneuf Medical Center. Afterward, she went to work at Blackfoot Medical Center. I took on more and more roles at Wheeler Electric – my family’s business. Laramie eventually started her own clinic back in Ammon. As for me, I decided to continue the legacy of our third-generation family-owned business by joining with my cousins in buying it out and serving as a co-owner.
Through all those adventures, we raised 6 fine children here in southeast Idaho. In 2018, our 10-year-old son, Han, suffered a debilitating brain injury from an undiagnosed tumor. After 6 months in a broken body, we lost him. Through that entire trial, the people of this community rallied around us. They lifted us in a way that nothing else could have. I truly don’t have the words to describe the lifeline our family, friends, church, neighbors and even the entire area were and continue to be for my family.
After Han was gone, I felt a deep drive to give back to the community, to get involved locally. That is why I ran for Ammon City council in 2019. I have treasured my experience on the city council thus far. However, recently I felt once again that I needed to run for State Representative at this time and work to give the best control and representation to the local communities. Our communities are stronger, more efficient and simply better when local governments make decisions for the very communities in which they live. Idaho values work best locally.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Strong Families Low taxes, safe communities, high-quality education, and individual rights create a foundation for raising strong families. As a State Representative, I will: Incentivize creative solutions to provide housing opportunities for first-time or low-income homebuyers. Provide proper funding to local law enforcement. Trust Idaho families to build and maintain their communities. The Legislature’s job is to support and respect their local communities. Keep Idaho the best state in the nation in which to live, work, and raise a family.
2. Education Schools are more than just educational facilities, they are the center of our small communities. I do not support policies that dismantle our Idaho public education system. I support increased compensation for educators. I strongly support policies that provide career technical education and connect students to the workforce. Vocational and university education should have equal weight and importance. The arts are a critical piece of our educational system.
3. Responsible Growth Unprecedented growth has revealed weaknesses in our infrastructure, job training, traffic, and has increased strains on our natural resources. I will: Promote predictable tax policy and lower property taxes. Work to ensure that state policies must recognize the importance of local control and provide more flexibility to our local municipalities, county commissioners, and school boards. Be part of finding and creating solutions for 21st Century Idaho, where increased traffic and housing costs are beginning to plague our small communities.

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.”