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Idaho State House District 28 A

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    Richard 'Rick' Cheatum
    (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?

I will not bring an agenda to the Legislature. I intend to listen to all concerns of constituents, read the bills that are introduced, and vote the way I feel benefits Idaho as a whole. Extreme ideology, spiteful budget cuts, and geographic partisanship are not a good way to move Idaho forward. I hope to be a part of a wave of new Legislators trying to restore common sense and reasonable action to the Idaho House of Representatives. I want to be proud of my service in the Legislature.
I was elected to the Pocatello City Council in 2017 and re-elected by a roughly two-thirds majority in 2021, and am the Council President. I have also served on the Association of Idaho Cities Board of Directors since 2018. I feel that experience has given me a good grounding in the reasonable philosophy of governance, an understanding of the need to listen to all sides of a question, and a solid perspective of the job I propose to undertake. I have many contacts throughout Idaho and plan to reach out to them to understand how legislation might affect their jurisdiction, whether it is a city, county, school, or other local unit of government. I also have a solid business background in broadcasting, auto sales, and credit unions.
There are a number of challenges facing Idaho in the short and long-term future. Providing an equal educational opportunity for every student, fair taxation, a fair tax distribution formula for every jurisdiction, improving our transportation system, public land use, and water, are only a few. I think all of these problems stem from the growth our state is experiencing. As our population grows, it puts increasing pressure on our schools, property valuations, roads, and virtually every other aspect of our state. Our state and local governments must work together to assure the changes that are occurring with the growth that is inevitable, are building the best Idaho we can.
My voting record on the Pocatello City Council proves my moderate conservative personality. I am not a native Idahoan, but I have lived in this state since 1977 by choice. My wife Debra was born and raised in Pocatello. Our daughter Nicole lives in Ada County. I was raised on a farm, so I understand agriculture, and I love small towns, but appreciate some of the advantages of living in the city. I love what Idaho represents and want to maximize the opportunities we have to make the Gem State shine even brighter. The actions we take now are not to benefit me or my generation! Today we are building an even better state and better place to live for our children and grandchildren!