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Rachel Hazelip

State Representative Legislative District 10 Seat A

Biography & Background

My name is Rachel Hazelip and I am a historian and teacher that has taught English, writing, psychology, and American history in university classrooms, high schools, and overseas as part of educational ministry programs since 2017. I graduated high school in 2014 with honors, earned degrees in criminal justice, liberal arts, and political science from the College of Western Idaho with high honors in 2017; and graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 2020 with degrees in history and international studies. I have been an active member of the community since childhood and have been involved in volunteering in the homeschool community since 2008, acted as a teen mentor since 2017, worked with the Tim Tebow Foundation since 2018, the End It Movement since 2019, and the Warhawk Museum since 2022. I grew up hiking, paddle boarding, and backpacking all over the United States and in several countries around the world, but my favorite place remains the Sawtooth Mountains in Stanley, Idaho. This beautiful state is my home and I am passionate about preserving its sovereignty, utilizing its resources wisely, and protecting the freedom it has always afforded Idahoans. But I have watched the Idaho of my childhood begin to slip through abuses of liberty, increasing federal encroachment, and liberal legislation slipping into our government and schools. Our legislature is being inundated with career politicians who are not serving the interests of the people and it’s time to change that.

Top 3 Issues:

1. I believe one of the biggest issues facing Idaho is medical freedom. In the past few years, Idahoans have been forced to choose between making their own personal decisions regarding their health and providing for their families. The issue we are being faced with is not about the efficacy of the vaccine. It is about the liberty to make choices for our and our children’s health and quality of life. The right to choose what medical procedures we have is one of the pillars of what it means to be an Idahoan and is a fundamental human right provided under natural law. If receiving a vaccine is a personal choice and is part of our fundamental rights as Americans, it is not just wrong for the state of Idaho to mandate it, but it is also wrong for the government to not implement protections against having this personal choice stolen by the federal government, employers, or any other entity.
2. Another one of the biggest issues facing the state of Idaho is excessive taxation. We are one of seven states who are still taxed on food and are in the top 15 highest taxed states on property as of 2021. With a $1.9 billion surplus, there is no reason for these numbers. The grocery, income, and property tax burden is weighing heavily on Idahoans. Property tax is particularly burdensome for the elderly and homeowners and is making our state difficult to thrive in.
3. The third biggest issue facing our state is urban encroachment. Rapid urban sprawl is leading to excessive traffic and traffic accidents, limited parking availability, increased air and water pollution, higher taxes, and a loss of our valuable agricultural land.

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 1, Section 5E of the Idaho Republican Party Platform- I support term limits.

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