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Tara Pugmire

State Representative Legislative District 21 Seat A

Biography & Background

As a sixth generation Idahoan, I grew up in Meridian as one of 5 children. I graduated from Centennial High School, where I helped secure our first girls basketball state title. I then was recruited to play at NNU after graduation.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved horses. But growing up in a neighborhood posed many challenges to my dream of becoming a horse owner. My determination and creativity were put to the test. I spent a lot of time on my bike, knocking doors, and talking to strangers and it paid off in the end. I found a place, and a horse and had the opportunity to join a group of bareback riders that performed at rodeos and events around the west. Later while attending university in Utah and working at a group home for at risk teens, I helped develop a horse therapy program. I continued to work with struggling teens at detention centers, group homes and in the adolescent unit at Intermountain Hospital. Now, after nearly 20 years away from the world of horses, I somehow found my way back. I am again certified in Equine Therapy, and volunteer time working with at risk teens. I have also taken up sport in cowboy mounted shooting. Competitors wear two single-action .45 caliber guns racing against the clock, navigating through a variety of course patterns while shooting at balloon targets. Each gun is loaded with five black powder blanks, making for a colorful and exciting run.

For the last two decades, I have helped my husband run our embroidery and screen print business, start my own photography business, and raise our 5 children. During these years I found many opportunities to volunteer and serve in our community through sharing my photography skills and lending a hand in my children’s schools.

These last two years have brought new challenges to education. The closure of public school created new obstacles to overcome. During these difficult times, I co-founded a “micro-pod school” for 3rd-5th graders. We used a hands-on/project-based model where I organized service projects in the community, and field trips to help supplement learning. I also helped create a non-profit education foundation whose mission is to help other parents find resources, and gain the confidence to begin their own educational endeavors with their children. Currently, I am working to help bridge the gap between government and our communities. Many amazing pieces of legislation have passed that would benefit all Idaho students within the public education system and beyond. Working with school districts and parents to use these to help our children find success both in the classroom and outside the classroom, has been something I continue to work on.

As a mother, a small business owner, and a native Idahoan I have always found ways to work within our communities to assure that our way of life is protected for future generations.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Protecting personal freedoms
2. Providing quality education that supports family values
3. Economic growth by supporting small businesses.

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.”

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