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Idaho State Senate District 18

Idaho Senate members serve a 2-year term and are responsible for translating the public will into public policy for the state, levying taxes, appropriating public funds, and overseeing the administration of state agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the legislative process — laws passed by elected representatives of the people, legislators.

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    Dan Bridges

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    Janie Ward Engelking

Biographical Information

1. What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

2. What experience has prepared you for this office?

3 What do you see as the most significant challenges Idaho faces that you might be able to address in this position?

4. Would you support legislation to remove criminal liability for physicians and pregnant women experiencing life threatening pregnancy complications and allow for medical and family decisions regarding continuation of that pregnancy? Please explain your response.

5. Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters?

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Idaho is rich in all the things that make this nation great, especially great people. We must ensure every unique child has the opportunity for a powerful education, every teacher has the opportunity for a fulfilling career, and the partnership between teacher and parent is the cornerstone of fulfilling our duty to the future. My aim is also to ensure that state spending is fiscally responsible and the least burden possible, state lands are respected, and the sovereignty of Idaho is maintained. Each legislative session covers many topics. My goal will be to ensure the interests of District 18 are always heard loud and clear on every subject. I am uniquely positioned to ensure that happens.
My father taught me the value of hard work, my mother the value of honesty. Both demonstrated the importance of faith, humility, listening, and love of family, neighbor, and nation. As an Air Force Academy graduate and Desert Storm veteran, I have witnessed the pain of war, the great hope of freedom, and the tragedy of tyranny. As a commercial pilot, I know how to observe the facts as they are and find a solution to get folks to what’s important in their life. Our state senate needs common sense leaders prepared and willing to move this great state to the place our children deserve. I am prepared to meet that challenge.
Idaho is blessed to have far more opportunity than almost anywhere on earth. The biggest challenge is recognizing this opportunity will only blossom if our state’s leaders, both public and private, work together to fertilize the soil and water the tender shoots of tomorrow. This means improving education, supporting business, caring for our lands, ensuring public safety, dealing honestly with each other, and never, ever forgetting that we are in this together. Our opinions deserve hearing, our work honored, our dreams cherished. Freedom and democracy assume that we trust and depend on each other in ways no society in history has done. It works. Let’s be an example to our children.
Human life is priceless. But life is also imperfect and filled with tragedy. Many of the nation’s founders abhorred slavery, but they had faith in the future. We must do the same. Idahoans needs a healthcare system that meets their needs. This means Idaho must attract and retain talented specialists. Medicine is under attack on many fronts. We should not add to those troubles. As a professional pilot who trains for emergencies, I know one thing - each one is different and no set of rules can answer every situation. We must learn from others, train for excellence, and provide significant authority to those who have accepted the responsibility and taken action to serve others. In short - yes, Idaho’s current law needs improvement.
In the last election cycle, a good friend’s wife only wanted to know one thing about me. Is he crazy? My friend’s response was - of course he’s crazy, he’s running for office. My friend is a farmer. This nation was founded by farmers. Their wisdom hasn’t changed. If only this nation’s elite recognized it for its worth, we’d all be much better off. I’ll let voters decide for themselves what they think of me. But this simple story speaks volumes about our current political system. We need less crazy and more focus on those who know a thing or two about life, God, freedom, and purpose. Public service is a privilege. If I can give just a fraction of what I have been given, I will consider it an honor indeed.
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