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Idaho State Senate District 29

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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    James D. Ruchti
    (Dem)

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    David T. Worley
    (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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I have a lot of hope for Idaho right now. We are facing an unprecedented budget surplus and we have the opportunity to help working families, small businesses, and communities all over the State thrive. If elected, I will focus on supporting our schools and educators, empowering small businesses by giving them back control, and supporting legislation that focuses on Idahoans who need our help most. I will continue to work on consumer protection legislation. This will include protections for renters from predatory practices by landlords regarding application fees and protections to consumers who buy underinsured motorist coverage. Perhaps most importantly, I will work for solutions to our skyrocketing property taxes.
The most obvious preparation I have had was my time in the Idaho House from 2006-10 and again from 2020-22, but the most formative experience and preparation came long before that. I was born and raised here in Pocatello. I grew up on the ISU campus as my parents both spent their careers working there. I left this community to attend West Point, serve in the military and get my law degree at the University of Idaho. All along the way, my wife and I knew we would return to Pocatello to put down roots of our own. I know the struggles working families here face. I also know their strengths and willingness to sacrifice for one another. I know Pocatello, and I feel that knowledge makes me well-prepared to serve it in the Idaho Legislature.
Idaho is at a unique and unprecedented crossroads right now. We can either use the next few years to invest in our future, or we can head down the path of extremism. It is a path that ignores data, facts and science and ignores the will of the voters. If we follow that path, Idaho will be in serious trouble. But if we, instead, invest in our future and fight extremism, we can create an Idaho that our kids and grandkids will be proud to call home. I have prioritized bipartisan legislation and fostered meaningful relationships with legislators as well as leaders in education, business, and industry. Pocatello needs a representative who will listen to constituents and find ways to invest in a better Idaho.
I really enjoy serving in the Idaho Legislature. I love the work and the opportunity to collaborate with other legislators from around Idaho to solve Idaho’s challenges. I ask that you return me to Boise as the community’s state senator, and I promise to listen to your concerns and work for you.
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