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Idaho State House District 26 A

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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    Ned Burns
    (Dem)

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    Mike Pohanka
    (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?

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My top three priorities: 1) I'm determined to work with any and all partners to bring meaningful property tax relief to Idahoans. For too long, the supermajority has been giving lip service to homeowners while the tax load disproportionately shifts more and more to residential property. 2) I am interested and actively involved in modernizing the water delivery and flood mitigation systems throughout our state, and have several pieces of legislation in the pipeline. 3) I will continue to prioritize infrastructure investment and advocate for funding and supporting our schools so they can provide our students with the quality education they will need to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.
I've held positions in various levels of state and local government and I'm deeply rooted in serving my community. I served on the Bellevue City Council before running for and winning the first contested mayor's race in 12 years. As Mayor, I prioritized good stewardship of taxpayer funds, worked with the City Council to upgrade infrastructure, and helped negotiate tense land use agreements with the county and city of Hailey. I was Mayor of Bellevue for three years before Governor Little appointed me as Representative for District 26. During my first session, I built strong relationships and a keen understanding of the lawmaking process. I'm eager to continue putting my experience to work for District 26.
We continue to see explosive growth and must rise to the challenge of providing service and building infrastructure for Idaho's long term success. As our population grows, we need to make sure our growth is coordinated. Out of control sprawl would place even higher constraints on our already strained systems, putting stress on and endangering our open spaces. I'm an avid outdoorsman and believe that we must be vigilant guardians of our public lands to ensure that access remains open for all. Strategic management of resources will be vital, including increasing our energy self reliance and finding water supply solutions. We'll be facing stiff headwinds in managing our scarce water supply for our farmers and ranchers, so success is critical.
I decided to serve my community to find ways to improve the lives of Idahoans, and I see areas where our state government can do just that. I'm here to find solutions to the problems that impact us all: poor road conditions, rising property taxes, underfunded schools, and the costs associated with solving (and ignoring) those issues. There are effective ways to tackle our challenges, and they don't involve partisanship or theater. I will continue to work will all members of the legislature, concerned citizens, industry, and the executive branch to bring cost-effective solutions; that's my promise to you.
Campaign Phone 208-324-5917
Campaign Website www.mikepohanka.com
Education-find solutions for affordable housing for our educators so recruiting of new educators to Idaho will be simplified for our school districts. Water-is the life blood for our agriculture, commercial and residential uses. We must continue to look at ways to conserve this vital resource and one option is the reuse or recycle water from our waste treatment plants. Transportation-As the Magic Valley has grown, so have our traffic needs. One of the solutions is to work towards building a third bridge to help ease traffic off the Perrine Bridge and give commuters an alternate route through the Twin Falls area. Public Safety-Defend our Law Enforcement Officers not Defund. Make sure that our Law Enforcement Agencies are adequately funded.
I have spent 40 years in the private sector and 5 years in the public sector. I taught adjunct at the College of Southern Idaho for 19 years and 4 1/2 years full time. I was able to bring real life examples into the classroom for my students which helped in the learning process for them. I am past board member and president of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce, past board member and chair of the board for the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce. Past President and current member of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce. Past Reserve Deputy and Current Chaplain for the Jerome Sheriffs office and the Idaho State Police. I have always been engaged in my community and have always looked at ways that I can give back to my community that I love.
As our population has grown here in the valley so have our educational needs. I have met and will continue meeting with local school districts to see what can be done to meet those needs and work towards a solution.

How do we close the educational gap that was caused by COVID? Remote learning caused our children to fall behind in subjects across the board. We need to keep our children in the classroom because face-to-face learning is the key to our students’ long term success and health. Continued education, whether it be academic or technical, is essential for us and future generations. Need to have affordable housing for our educators that take on teaching positions. From small school districts to large ones this is an issue.
I am Mike Pohanka, and I am running for District 26, Seat A for Jerome, Lincoln and Blaine Counties. I am here to hear your voice and represent you. I am a proud, first-generation citizen born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and I have been a Jerome County resident for the past 32 years. My parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia and Germany to the United States. My father escaped Czechoslovakia in the late 1940’s when Communism took over the country. He met my mother in Germany and they immigrated to the United States. They taught me strong work values and ethics and taught me that you must work hard in life for what you want and not to expect things to be handed to you. I have been married to my wife Susan for 44 years.