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Idaho State House District 22 B

Idaho House of Representatives 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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    Glida Bothwell

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    Marisa Stevens Keith

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    Jason Monks

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. What else would you like to tell the voters?

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Campaign Phone 208-871-8224
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Find long lasting solutions to real issues that Idaho faces today and not rely on short term or band aid fixes. 1. Idaho needs to seriously look at eliminating the grocery tax. The cost of food has skyrocketed in the past few years and we are paying more in this tax than ever. 2. I would also like to give school districts the option to charge an impact fee for new infrastructure. If this had been available to them all along some of our school districts could have collected tens of millions to go towards new school buildings. 3. Idaho also has one of the higher incarceration rates, while we need to make sure communities are safe and protected, we also need to make sure we are not locking up people who could be out contributing to society.
I have served as President on my Neighborhood Association (SWACA) board for six years and know the issues that affect residents of District 22 because I also live them. Many of these issues: schools, roads, groundwater, are also affecting other areas of the state. I spent 20 years as a social worker, building relationships with people who see differently than me. I have met hundreds of families and have seen firsthand how people’s lives are affected by a lack of childcare, low wages, medical issues and unstable housing. I always think of how policies or legislation will affect those families, who are just regular Idaho families, before I form an opinion on something.
Idaho is losing our young people to other states for many reasons, but one big factor is the cost of housing. While our state population is growing, Idaho is losing the workforce needed to sustain our economy. Without young people being able to afford to live here, Idaho will not be able to provide the services needed to support our communities. The legislature could support affordable housing through both funding mechanisms and legislation such as increased renter protections. They could also support our cities and towns to implement creative solutions, rather than interfere with local control.
Yes! Not every pregnancy has a happy ending. Physicians need to have the ability to address life threatening complications without fear of prosecution. The legislature cannot write a law that will cover every variable in pregnancy, and physicians should not be afraid of acting because they might have to defend their decision in court. In a time of crisis their best medical opinion, with support from the patient or their family, should be sufficient. Women should never be held criminally liable for deciding to save their own life. Rather than trying to second guess motives and looking for ways to punish people who have to make hard decisions, we should be showing compassion to women and physicians who find themselves in this situation.
Even in this increasingly divisive world I believe that we have more in common than we do differences. The groupthink mentality that we see in our government today doesn’t promote democracy and leads to less diversity in opinion. I believe diversity is a strength and it is through listening to understand, rather than to respond, that lawmakers truly do what is best for their constituents. I grew up in Idaho, and there was a time not that long ago when we didn’t see the type of governing that we are seeing now. Our government needs to get back to the basics of running the government and address issues that are affecting Idahoans.
Campaign Phone (208)884-8684
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The single greatest accomplishment I can achieve is to serve the people of Idaho with honesty and integrity. Regardless of political differences, I aim to win the respect and pride of my family, friends, neighbors, and the Idahoans I serve in District 22 and across our great state. Issues aside, it is my ultimate goal to provide a fair system of government that meets the needs of Idahoans and listens to the citizens of our state.
My wife and I have 8 kids, four of whom are grown and married, excelled in school and graduated from college. We also have 4 adopted kids with some special needs. This has given me a unique perspective of the educational needs in our state and an inside view of the foster care system. I was 1 of only 50 individuals across the Nation selected to attend the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s Emerging Legislative Leaders Program. I was also honored to attend the Henry Toll Fellowship Program through the Council on State Governments. I currently serve on the Revenue & Finance, Transportation, Ways & Means, Federalism and Foster Care Committees. I was also elected by my legislative colleagues to serve as the Idaho House Majority Leader.
I helped to author and sponsor HB292 & HB521 which will put approximately $1.5 Billion into public school facilities.  During my tenure, we have also invested Billions of dollars into transportation.  Over the last 5 years, we have lowered taxes by more than $3.5 Billion. I will continue to lead the charge to fund educational and transportation needs.  However, we must control the runaway costs associated with Medicaid expansion.  When Idaho voted to expand Medicaid, we were told that it would only cost $40 million.  Since Medicaid expansion was implemented, Idaho’s costs have increased to more than $400 million.  If costs continue to escalate, we won’t be able to continue to make historic investments in education and transportation.
I support laws and legislation that provides criminal liability protection for physicians and women in situations of life-threatening pregnancies.  As a pro-life supporter, I believe that only in specific and rare circumstances, it may be necessary to terminate a pregnancy to save the life of the mother.    It should be noted that Idaho’s Defense of Life statues do not contain penalties for doctors who perform an abortion in life threatening circumstances. Furthermore, the current laws of Idaho specifically protect women from any criminal liability.
Before I was elected, I promised that I would uphold the constitution, reduce taxes & promote Idaho values. I believe I have kept my promise. Each time I was elected by my constituents, I have also been elected by my legislative colleagues. I was elected to Legislative Council 3x, the Assistant Majority Leader 2x, and now as the Majority Leader. I worked hard to make sure that the cities I represent got its fair share of sales tax revenue when I revamped the sales tax distribution system.  I have worked hard to ensure that ACHD received their fair share of transportation funding. I have worked hard to lower taxes for everyone. If I am re-elected, I will continue to work hard for the constituents of District 22 and for the people of Idaho.