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Idaho State House District 26 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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    Karma Metzler Fitzgerald
    (Dem)

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    Jack Nelsen
    (Rep)

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. Is there anything else you wish to tell the voters?

Campaign Phone 208-204-0505
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Karma4Idaho
Twitter @karma4idaho
Campaign Website www.karma4idaho.com
Campaign Facebook www.facebook.com/karma4idaho
I will be a voice for the people in the middle. The people who want to get the work done without the noise from the extremes. The issues I'll focus on include childcare, public transportation and advocating for Idaho farm families.
I'm a passionate public servant. I currently serve as the president of the Lincoln County Youth Commission and the Lincoln County Transportation Commission. I sit on steering committee for the free clinic and recently served the local fire commission. Realizing the importance of this position, I've spent the last year mentoring under the incumbent to learn this job. I voluntarily led a team of 30 people who did pandemic relief response. I met 100s of people and really learned to listen to what people need and want from leaders. Finally, I've been a mom for 24 years. As a mother of three, I know how to manage logistics, find resources and collaborate for solutions.
I think we need to redefine infrastructure with a more expansive definition of what barriers each community faces. While certainly infrastructure means roads and bridges, it also means affordable childcare, stable broadband, and well-funded schools. Our communities shouldn't have to fight for those resources. I'll build collaborative relationships with stakeholders to make sure the state can provide those resources and that each community can determine how to use them effectively.
I think we need to stop answering 21st century questions with 20th century answers. We need a legislature that works together from both sides of the aisle to get the people's work done. That's why I am running in the "purple". For example, I partnered with republican leaders in Lincoln County to create a youth center, build a transit program, and a business incubator. I think we are all tired of the extremes and we want leaders who get things done. I'm that kind of leader.
Campaign Phone 208-320-1921
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Campaign Website jacknelsenidaho.com
Campaign Facebook (Actually it's Instagram) @jacknelsenidaho
Preserving the Idaho way of life while ensuring it’s poised for a sustainable and vibrant future comes down to a few things:

creating strong communities that have local control

supporting our agricultural base –– from our farms to our food processing industries

focusing on our water issues

creating education pathways for our future generations to become innovators, leaders, and skilled employees

and most importantly, using common sense, respect, and integrity when approaching challenges.
As a 3rd generation farmer with 20 years of experience as a Jerome Planning and Zoning Commissioner, I'm a firm believer in preserving the Idaho we love with integrity while setting this state up for a solid future.

As a College of Southern Idaho Board Member, I see the value of promoting and creating more opportunities for our youth to access the incredible education and workforce development programs, and to support our schools to foster curiosity and innovation in our future leaders.
* Water. Water is the lifeblood of Idaho allowing for our strong economy, recreation, and agriculture. I believe in preserving and protecting our water by empowering local control options to manage their water resources for a sustainable future.

*Supporting ag communities: Our farmers, dairymen, ranchers, and industry agricultural companies are connected to Idaho's continued success. I believe in preserving our agricultural land, supporting workforce development, and focusing on water and transportation accessibility.

*Empowering youth. I believe in supporting workforce development and training options, local control for our school districts, and finding ways to connect youth to options that will prepare them with career skills quickly
I'm passionate about local control because I believe communities know their needs best - especially when it comes to protecting their water, agricultural lands, and education needs.

I'm also a believer in working together as a state to move Idaho forward while still preserving the things we love most. Idaho needs leaders with a common sense approach to challenging issues and a commitment to integrity.