I am a native of Caldwell, and a 4th generation Idahoan. My wife, Sylvia, and I have three children and fourteen grandchildren. I have a BS in Business Administration. I served on the Caldwell City Council where I was Finance Chair.
I was also a member of the Board of Caldwell School District. I’m a former owner of a small business that specialized in screen and offset printing. I’ve also served in various retail management levels including acting Store Director of the Caldwell Albertsons and as Operations Manager for two Ace Hardware stores that I was in charge of putting together for a franchisee. When I was 16, I put together a project to build a Senior Citizen-Youth Center and was granted land for it near Memorial Park by the City Council. While the Youth part of the center never materialized, the Caldwell Senior Center utilized the blueprints that I was able to get donated for the project. I was on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Caldwell Chamber when I owned the business, was founding President of Caldwell Crime Stoppers/Neighborhood Watch and have served in volunteer community in many other capacities through Kiwanis, Scouting and other organizations. I’m no newcomer to the political scene. I’ve been involved in campaigns either as a candidate or a volunteer since I was 12 years old. In my first run at the Legislature against a seven-term incumbent (I always pick the tough races) I received 49.2% of the vote. Over the years, I’ve carefully studied Legislation and have been in constant communication with Legislators and other state elected officials letting them know what I think. Last Session, I put together a draft of an idea to nearly eliminate property tax in Idaho and sent it to Legislative leaders, the germane committees and others. A version of that draft became a bill this Session, and while I don’t like what the current bill does, I’m very much in favor of seeing property tax reform happening in the next year-or-so. I have the experience and talent needed today. I’m qualified, principled and transparent. I’m not timid about taking a stand and fighting for what’s good and right — and I’m a conservative Republican who will come down on the side of freedom and less government every time. At the Republican State Convention in 2014, for example, Maurine Hatfield and I nearly single-handedly kept a very liberal Platform from being adopted. When I’m not involved in politics or political issues, my wife and I love traveling, camping, fishing, crabbing and spending time with our kids and grandkids.