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All candidates for Idaho State Senate District 10 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho State Senate District 10 — Bob Solomon (D) and Tammy Nichols (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

Solomon:           

  • “I hope to work with other legislators to solve long standing issues. Rising property taxes, crowded classrooms and desperately needed schools, poorly managed growth, rising housing and other living costs need attention.”
  • “I view representing our district as a sacred trust under our system of government. This means listening and talking with people.”
  • “I will work for an Idaho in which young people (really everyone) can live, work and recreate, enjoying and preserving the Idaho way of life–including home ownership.”

Nichols:       

  • “The Senate has been a place where good legislation has gone to die, it is time to change that”
  • “I take the arrows to protect and stand for our rights and will continue that over in the Senate.”
  • “The voice of the people needs to be heard and represented, not ignored. I have been and will continue to be that voice.”

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Idaho State Senate elections, 2022



All candidates for Idaho House of Representatives District 29B complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho House of Representatives District 29B  — Nate Roberts (D) and Jake Stevens (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

Roberts:

  • “Freedom of Personal Choice and Bodily Autonomy”
  • “Funding of Idaho’s Public Education to build a better future.”
  • “Address Property Taxes and Affordable Housing.”

Stevens:       

  • “Eliminate grocery tax and dramatically reform or eliminate property tax.”
  • “Allow school choice where school funding follows children to the school of their parents choice. This is the only way to eliminate radical indoctrination from our schools.”
  • “Unconstitutional mandates and lockdowns must be banned and those who supported them should be pushed out of office at the ballot box.”

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Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Ada County Coroner in Idaho complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Ada County Coroner in Idaho — incumbent Dottie Owens (D) and Rich Riffle (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Ada County website, the County Coroner “is responsible for certifying the cause and manner of death for Ada County cases as well as managing the daily operations of the office.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?    

Owens:       

  • “Actual, Verifiable Experience Does Matter!! THis position is non-partisian and important for ALL members of our Ada County.”
  • “My staff will NEVER be thought of as ‘worker bees’, but are professionals in their field with compassion, training and quality work”
  • “Always working hard for my community of Ada County”

Riffle:   

  • “I am not a stranger to the type of work being conducted by this office. I’ve worked with the families involved and have treated all with dignity, respect, and compassion.”
  • “Coming from a law enforcement background, I will be able to easily work with local agencies and ensure our office provides information and assistance in a timely manner.”
  • “I will strive to be fiscally conservative while maintaining the high standards of this office.”

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All candidates for Idaho State Senate District 11 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho State Senate District 11 — Toni Ferro (D) and Chris Trakel (R)  — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho is one of 23 states with a Republican party trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Ferro:               

  • “Idaho’s investment in education is the lowest in the nation per student even though we have had record tax surpluses and tax cuts two years in a row.”
  • “Idaho is facing a housing crisis. This year the legislature barely discussed the issue and passed only a relatively small bill to address this pressing problem.”
  • “Our legislators are not focused on our needs. During the last legislative session, legislators failed again to address our skyrocketing property taxes.”

Trakel:           

  • “I am for lower property tax and removal of the grocery tax. Our taxes have been too high and have become a burden on many residents.”
  • “Protect individual rights, liberties, and freedoms. I am pro-Constitution, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-life from day 1, pro-family choice in education.”
  • “Less government control. Government has reached into many aspects of daily life that it was not intended to do.”

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Idaho State Senate elections, 2022



All candidates for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction — Terry Gilbert (D) and Debbie Critchfield (R)  — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state executive position in the Idaho state government. The superintendent heads the Idaho Department of Education, which runs the state’s public school system. The superintendent is a statewide constitutional officer elected by the people to four-year terms.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Gilbert:           

  • “Hire a certified, professional educator. Terry Gilbert has spent 14 years in Idaho classrooms and earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum Development. He has been endorsed by the teachers of the Idaho Education Association. Our opponent has only a been a substitute teacher and has no training in Education.”
  • “The future belongs to the children of Idaho and they must be prepared to face it with the best education we can provide. What better way to share Idaho’s budget surplus than to improve and strengthen our schools. Vouchers would weaken our schools by transferring our tax dollars from public schools to private hands.”
  • “Take politics out of Idaho education. Our opponent is supported by the most extreme political forces active in Idaho and nationally. Our children should not be pawns in a political power play.”

Critchfield:       

  • “Developing Skills/Job Ready: Our students must be prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century. That means access to the skills, resources and credentials that are needed to not only succeed, but to thrive.”
  • “Required Graduation Class for Financial Literacy: One of the priority pieces of my overall vision for Idaho students rests on skills development for job readiness and a focus on personal finance, also known as financial literacy. Our kids need to be taught how taxes, health insurance, credit scores, interest, and loans work, among other important financial skills.”
  • “Parent Engagement: Strengthening the role and responsibility of parents has to include providing meaningful opportunities for parent participation in the decision-making of their child’s education at home and at school.”

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All candidates for Idaho House of Representatives District 14B complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho House of Representatives District 14B — Shelley Brock (D) and Josh Tanner (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Brock:

“I’ve been a leading voice for the protection of Idahoans and their property from the negative impacts of irresponsible oil and gas drilling and other polluting industries that have been allowed by our lawmakers to operate too close to our homes, schools and rivers. I’m for free enterprise. I’m for development.” 

Tanner:

“Having grown up in Idaho, I realize the challenges that Idaho’s growth has had on our State and our infrastructure. I see the pain that our cities, counties and districts are experiencing in our struggle to manage this substantial growth. As Chairman of the Eagle Fire District, I have been successful in implementing Impact Fees so that new growth covers its own cost. I believe in managing this exponential growth in a way that pays for itself.” 

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All candidates for Idaho House of Representatives District 14A complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho House of Representatives District 14A — Crystal Ivie (D) and Ted Hill (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Ivie:

“I am most passionate about access to high-quality education for all people. This starts in a well-funded pre-K program, all-day kindergarten, and extends into education through high school graduation. Education that offers children their most strong chance at success differs from child to child. We must rely on experts in childhood education to offer their students the opportunities to succeed.”

Hill:

“Defending the Constitution is paramount and is the struggle of our age. We must fight for our fundamental rights and our freedoms. Government overreach must stop. No more mandates. We must resist the insanity of the cultural revolution underway in our country. It is divisive and toxic to our unity. Unity is our strength. It is a fight for the soul of America.” 

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Idaho voters will decide on an initiative to increase the state’s income and corporate tax rates for education funding in November

On July 22, the Idaho secretary of state announced that an initiative that would increase income tax and corporate tax rates to provide additional education funding had submitted the required number of signatures for the November ballot. 

Reclaim Idaho, the campaign behind the initiative, filed 95,269 signatures on May 2. In Idaho, the number of signatures required to qualify an initiated state statute for the ballot is 64,945, which is equal to 6% of the registered voters at the time of the state’s last general election. Idaho also has a distribution requirement that requires signatures from 6% of registered voters in 18 of the state’s 35 legislative districts. The secretary of state reported that Reclaim Idaho’s petition met the requirements in at least 19 legislative districts.

The initiative would amend state statute to increase the tax on income above $250,000 for individuals, trusts, and estates and above $500,000 for couples filing jointly to $16,097 plus 10.925%. The tax bracket would not be adjusted for inflation until 2025. The initiative would also increase the corporate income tax from 6% to 8%. The new tax brackets and tax rates would take effect on January 1, 2023.

The initiative would also establish the Quality Education Fund. Revenues from the increased taxes would be deposited into the fund. The initiative states that the funds should be appropriated by the state board of education. It would prohibit funds from being appropriated to pay the salaries of superintendents, principals, or other administrators. The initiative requires that the funds be distributed to public school districts and charter schools according to their share of the state’s average daily attendance during the previous school year.

Reclaim Idaho said, “Idaho voters will now have a chance to boost K-12 funding by $323 million a year in order to strengthen programs & secure better pay for teachers & support staff–all without a penny of new taxes for anyone making under $250,000 a year or any married couple making under $500,000 a year. Vote Yes on Prop 1!”

Reclaim Idaho previously sponsored an approved 2018 ballot initiative, Proposition 2, which expanded Medicaid eligibility.

The initiative is opposed by State Sen. Steven Thayn (R), who said the initiative is “based on a false assumption that money will improve education.”

Idaho voters will also be deciding on a constitutional amendment put on the ballot by the state legislature that would allow the president pro tempore of the state Senate and the speaker of the state House to convene a special session of the state legislature upon receiving a joint written request from 60% of the members of each chamber. Idaho is one of 14 states where only the governor can order a special session.

In Idaho, a total of 65 ballot measures appeared on statewide ballots between 1985 and 2020. Forty-eight (73.84%) ballot measures were approved, and 17 (26.15%) ballot measures were defeated.

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Idaho 2022 ballot measures



McGrane wins May 17 Republican Party primary for Idaho Secretary of State

Phil McGrane defeated Dorothy Moon and Mary Souza in the May 17 Republican Party primary for Idaho Secretary of State. Incumbent Lawerence Denney(R), who was first elected in 2014, did not file for re-election.

McGrane is the Ada County Clerk, a position to which he was first elected in 2018. On his campaign website, McGrane said, “It is now more important than ever to protect Idaho’s elections from the influence of D.C. and beyond. Since 2005, I have been involved with almost every aspect of Idaho elections; from counting ballots to training counties. I know our election system from the inside out and will bring my experience as your next Republican Secretary of State.”

Moon has represented District 8B in the Idaho House of Representatives since 2016. In an interview with Idaho Dispatch, Moon said she was running for secretary of state because “I knew that if we do not have fair elections in this state, we’re done—the entire country is done. We’ll lose our republic. To me this is the biggest issue we’re dealing with as Idaho, and as the country. On her campaign website, Moon said: “I believe my legislative work, education career, business acumen and life experiences have uniquely qualified me to serve Idaho as your next Secretary of State. And no one can question my commitment to conservative principles.” She listed her top issues as election integrity, business services, and endowment lands.

Souza is a member of the Idaho State Senate since 2014, representing District 4. She said: “In the wake of last year’s tumultuous election, it’s clear that to preserve voters’ faith and trust in our democratic process, we must safeguard election integrity. That goal will be my lodestar as Idaho’s Secretary of State.” On her campaign website, she listed three issues: Securing our Elections, Serving Future Generations, and Supporting our Economy.

The Idaho Secretary of State is responsible for running the state’s elections, licensing businesses, trademarks, notaries and other professions and various other duties involving the maintenance and publication of official documents. Republicans have held Idaho’s secretary of state office since 1967.

Idaho is one of 27 states holding secretary of state elections in 2022.



Little wins Republican primary for governor of Idaho

Incumbent Gov. Brad Little defeated seven other candidates in the Republican primary for governor of Idaho on May 17, 2022. With over 95% of precincts reporting, Little had received 53% of the vote to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s 32%.

According to the Idaho Press‘s Betsy Russell, an incumbent Idaho governor had not been challenged in a primary by the lieutenant governor since 1938. Idaho is one of 17 states where the lieutenant governor is nominated in a separate primary and elected in a separate general election from the governor.

Steven Bradshaw, Ben Cannady, Ed Humphreys, Ashley Jackson, Lisa Marie, and Cody Usabel also ran in the primary.

Little ran on his record, saying that his first term was “marked by historic tax relief, unparalleled red tape reduction, extraordinary economic growth, and unprecedented investments in education.” He said, “During my first term, together, we achieved billions in historic tax relief, record investments in transportation, and continued our strong support for education in Idaho.”

McGeachin said she ran for governor “to restore the principles that have Made Idaho Great — individual liberty, state sovereignty, and traditional conservative values.” Former President Donald Trump (R) endorsed McGeachin in November 2021. McGeachin said, “My campaign has been endorsed by President Trump because I stand for America First policies including individual liberty, election integrity, a strong and secure border, school choice, energy independence, reducing taxes and regulations, and supporting American businesses.”

Major independent observers rate the general election as Solid or Safe Republican. Republicans have had trifecta control of Idaho state government since 1995.