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Idaho State House District 29 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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    Dustin Whitney Manwaring

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    Mary Shea

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 approach policy decisions by whether it is good for protecting families, promoting small business, and preserving our Idaho resources. I hope to continue to fight for excellent schools, high quality affordable healthcare, safe roads and bridges, clean and plentiful water and forests, and an overall low tax burden.
Practicing business law for 12+ years has prepared me well to read and understand the law, rules, and regulations and understand whether potential legislation is constitutional and the separation of government powers. I also have the experience of serving two prior terms in office and have learned how to effectively legislate and not only fight for positive legislation but to fight against bad policymaking.
We are likely to have significant strains on our natural resources, infrastructure, and state mandated programs like funding free and uniform public schools, and state health and welfare as we continue to grow and add population. We are likely to continue to increase our tax base but we also must keep our taxes low and find ways not to price our seniors and low income individuals out of their homes if they cannot afford property taxes, for example.
I will listen and respect and represent all opinions and interests from Pocatello. I approach policymaking conservatively and with as much input from local interests as possible. I lead by example and by doing more than talking. Sometimes (or often) talking is important as a politician but politics has become more divisive with purity tests on both sides that should not take priority over the best interests of the people.
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I hope to restore confidence in how our government does the work of the people. I will work for accountable and responsible use of our hard earned budget surplus for the good of all Idahoans, and not for the benefit of the already entitled. I will fight for reforms in now we treat our at risk youth, so we end cycles of poverty and addiction in Pocatello, and we strengthen families and our future. I will support our educators and I will fight to improve our system to be inclusive of all voices, including parents and kids, and excluding none. I will work for affordable housing and quality of life for all. I will support conservation of natural resources and protecting our environment, including reducing carbon emissions in responsible ways.
I have been a lawyer for over thirty years, most recently specializing in child welfare. I have worked closely with the most vulnerable in this community, and I have seen where the needs lie, first hand. I am dedicated to service of this community and my profession, serving as Board member and leading Idaho Legal Aid Services through the recession as President, without cutting services to those in need. I have served on local committees helping to organize fundraising for the library, the hospital, the schools, and our community. Many in this community know me as a passionate advocate for kids at risk, and I am a proven problem solver. As a trial lawyer I am a good communicator, but I believe first and foremost in listening to understand.
This pandemic has brought a lot of social issues to the surface. We have seen the results in the hospitals; the homeless shelters; the food kitchens; the jails; and the courtrooms. Our youth have suffered mightily. We have resources in Idaho to support those who need it most.We can help turn our vulnerable affected youth around and keep them as productive members of our communities. We can promote stable and affordable housing in our communities. We can strengthen and support our education systems to train our youth for a better future. We can do our part to protect our natural resources and reduce climate change impact. We can protect and promote local and small businesses. We do not need to raise taxes to accomplish these goals.
I would like to see Idaho government return to the common sense, problem solving work of the people. I believe in listening to all voices including the voices of the other party, and taking the best ideas on the table. I believe in collaborative problem solving, with buy in from all, to achieve our best future. I believe in finding our common ground, and focusing our resources on programs and polices that are inclusive and help us all live better lives. I believe that we need to invest in our future and protect the vulnerable- our children- because there are no throw away kids. I believe that all of us are worthy of respect and dignity in all aspects of life. I believe that public service should be an honorable calling again.