2014 Idaho Candidate Survey from Latino 208

2011 State of the UnionMany media organizations and advocacy groups regularly poll candidates on their positions on the issues. This survey represents the first effort that we know of to measure Idaho political candidates’ interest in, knowledge of and dedication to policies important to the state’s Latino citizens. [Jump to survey.]

Latino 208 developed a nine question survey that was sent out to 201 federal, statewide and legislative candidates, every candidate for whom we could find an email address. A few of the survey invitations did bounce back, but we made every effort to provide all candidates with a link to the survey. Candidates were given two weeks to complete the survey. Latino 208 received 14 responses, all posted below.

The responses to the survey questions — questions that politicians are rarely asked to answer — show a very interesting cross-section of Idaho political views. The sheer lack of response is one indicator, to be sure, even bearing in mind that Latino 208 is a brand new effort with which candidates were not familiar.

Boise Senator Elliot Werk, a Democrat, went so far as to discourage other candidates from responding, writing: “Without a response from you detailed [sic] who you are I cannot respond to your survey. I have also instructed our Democratic candidates to refrain from answering until it is clear from whom this originates and what will be done with the information.”

Senator Steven Thayn, a Republican from Emmett, suggested to us that the survey, which he must not have read very carefully, dealt with “how the Hispanic population can benefit from government action.” Had he taken the time to thoroughly read through the nine questions, maybe he could have provided a more relevant email response than the following: “In the long-run, increasing the power of government, as your survey suggests, will harm the standard of living of both Hispanic and Anglo citizens of Idaho. I have written a book explaining my political beliefs and am having it translated into Spanish. I would be more than happy to present a copy to you if you want.”

Below you can read the views of the candidates who took the time to answer our questions. We look forward to your comments and to future Latino 208 candidate surveys!


 2014 Candidate Survey Responses

Nels Mitchell (D)

U.S. Senate

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Latino Idahoans contribute to the state in many ways. Three of the most significant ways include: (1) contributions to all facets of the state’s economy; (2) contributions to the cultural diversity in language, music, history and the arts; and (3) contributions to governmental and political institutions. This includes successful efforts to extend workers’ compensation coverage and the minimum wage to agricultural workers, among many other things.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

My top priority is to improve jobs and the economy. I believe in opportunity, including economic opportunity, for all.

I support comprehensive immigration reform. Our immigration system is broken. By a large margin, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that was supported by Idaho farmers and Latino organizations. My opponent, Jim Risch voted against it. Unfortunately, the legislation stalled in the House. When I am in the Senate, I will work to move past the gridlock and help enact legislation that supports our agricultural economy, including agricultural workers. The reform effort should include the guest worker program as well as a sensible path to citizenship.

I will work to raise the minimum age and improve educational opportunities for all children — promoting early childhood education, helping students graduate from high school, and enable more students to go to college or receive technical training.

I also support access to health care and a safe and sustainable environment, including clean air and water. I support veterans and seniors and believe that benefits should be improved and strengthened.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed)
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

I support the President’s initiatives in this regard.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

For the most part, I believe that Idaho law currently sets forth sufficient requirements. Proof of insurance and the ability to pass written and physical tests should be required.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

My parents taught my brothers and me that racism and discrimination are wrong. They showed us by their example that it is important to respect others and to treat others as we want to be treated. I have worked to instill these same values in my two grown daughters.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I care about the concerns of everyone, not just the majority. I believe in equality under law and fairness in the workplace. I share the values of responsibility, hard work, honesty, faith and family that are important to Latinos, as they should be to all Idahoans. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Contact info: info@nelsmitchellforidaho.com; www.nelsmitchellforidaho.com; facebook.com/nelsmitchellforidaho; twitter.com/nelsmitchell

Shirley Ringo, (D), Congress, District 1

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

  1. Family values; 2. Contributions to workforce; 3. Diversity.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

It is very important that workers receive a livable wage. This is a huge family issue, and it clearly benefits businesses.
We need to improve support for education. Excellent neighborhood schools are essential, and no effort should be spared to recruit high quality teachers.
Comprehensive immigration reform should be delayed no longer. We need to give the undocumented a path to citizenship and make changes that will keep families together.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed), Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

In my final year in the Idaho Legislature (2014), I drafted legislation to give in-state tuition to undocumented students. Unfortunately, the Chair of the House Education Committee did not schedule a hearing on the bill.
These students should be counseled on steps to obtain citizenship that apply to their particular situations.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

This would require research on my part to better understand what documents these individuals would reasonably have. I need to hear from you. That has been a challenging issue for states that want to offer a license to undocumented workers.  Accommodations for various languages should be made for the written driver’s test, but a person must show the ability to interpret signs on the road.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I have not been on the receiving end of such discrimination. However, it is very disturbing to me to know it exists. When I first entered the legislation, the problem of requiring minimum wage for farm workers was an issue to resolve.
Knowing that some employers would exploit undocumented workers with poor pay and working conditions is one motivation for immigration reform.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I have great respect for the contribution Latinos have made to Idaho and know they will make even greater contributions once comprehensive immigration reform is accomplished.
As your Congresswoman, I will always seek your input concerning actions that need to be taken. Nobody else has your understanding of issues important to the Latino community and your insight can’t be replaced.

Contact info: shirley@shirleyringo.com

Jill Humble (I), Governor

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

1) Necessity to work the low end jobs to make Idaho’s economy work. 2) Influence in making immigration laws fair and responsive to the Latino community. 3) By reason of living in rural Idaho the Latino population has demonstrated how to succeed in adverse conditions and place family first.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

1) Fighting for a living wage.
2) Raising taxes on the top 5% of Idahoans.
3) Expanding Medicaid, healthcare for all.
4) Latino participation must be present on the Educational Task Force, something not done with the present Governor.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed)
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Affordable tuition for all in-state college students. If you graduate you qualify plain and simple.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

1) Pass the written and driving test. (language appropriate)
2) Proof of insurance.
Again, plain and simple.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I have personally experienced discrimination in my bid for governor, that is why you have not heard about my platform. I am not wealthily, mine is an old fashioned grass roots campaign.
Current leadership is not tolerant of diversity, my administration will reverse that position.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I see Latinos as Idahoans, plain and simple. I care what happens to all Idahoans, not just those that would give to my campaign. I am a nurse and educator, having worked all my life to give back to others. Running for governor was a choice I made because the present leadership is not serving all of Idaho. Present policies favor special interests; every decision I make will consider the greater good for the greatest number of Idahoans.
Check out my positions on my website and read how much I support Idahoans.

Contact info: humble7733@msn.com, www.humble4idahogovernor.com

Lawrence Wasden (R), Attorney General

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Latinos have been in Idaho at least since territorial days. They have always been a part of our collective community. They help expand and enrich our culture.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

No Response (See below)

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

No Response (See below)

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No Response (See below)

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

No Response (See below)

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No Response (See below)

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

No Response (See below)

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?  

No Response (See below)

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I have not answered a number of your questions because they are directed toward policy makers. That is not the function of the Attorney General and it is, therefore, inappropriate for me to answer policy issues.
However, I have worked very diligently with the Mexican Consulate and with Attorneys General from El Salvador and Mexico. I have met with and hosted both Fiscal General, Louis Antonio Martinez Gonzales from El Salvador and Procurador General Jesus Murrillo Karman from Mexico. Mexican Ambassador to the US, Edwardo Medina Mora, has worked with me on this project.
I chaired the meeting among the Conference of Western Attorney General (CWAG), Mexico and El Salvador at the tri-national conference in Park City Utah this year. Along with many Mexican Attorneys General and other US Attorneys General, I helped create the Alliance Partnership which sponsored that meeting. The Alliance Partnership has provided training to several thousand Mexican prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.

As part of that program, I sponsor a week-long training in Idaho each year and bring the staff of Mexican Attorneys General to Idaho to improve their trial advocacy skills and to create the relationships that cross the international border. During that training, I host a dinner at my home for 60 to 100 of my Mexican colleagues and fly American and Mexican flags all the way around my home. I try to demonstrate that we can only be successful in combating crime, if we stand shoulder to shoulder as equals for justice.  Doing so provides greater protection for all Idaho citizens, but most particularly for Idaho’s Latino population.

Contact info: www.lawrencewasden.com

Eric Redman (R), House District 2B

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

The same as all Idahoans as citizen of Idaho and the USA to become involved for the benefit of the sovereign State of Idaho and their local communities.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

Equality for all American citizens and documented immigrants.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

No Response

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

No Response

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

None

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

For my Christian conservative limited government and family oriented principles. Documented immigrants, whether Latinos, Asians, or Europeans understand core Christian values! The immigration laws must be upheld.

Contact info: eric@RedmanforIdaho.us

Ryan Kerby (R), Representative District 9A

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

They are regular citizens who make the same contributions as other folks.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

I want them to be treated like any other group of people. No special privileges, nothing less than any other group.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

No Response.

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No Response

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

I would like to see them get some documentation as soon as possible. If they have gone to school in Idaho they should have improved their English Language skills. I would like to see them attend post secondary schools if they have an interest.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No Response

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

Haven’t thought this through.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I am not racist, and believe all people should be treated the same.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I will treat them like any other people.

Contact info: rdkerby@live.com; kerbyforidaho.com

Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt (D), House District 12

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Latinos have contributed and continue to contribute to the success of Idaho’s agriculture. In addition, there is an extremely significant number of Latin@-owned businesses; therefore, Latinos contribute to Idaho’s economy in a significant way. Finally, because the median age of Latinos in Idaho is 22, Latin@s will continue to contribute significantly now and in the future to Idaho!

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

While I have a couple of issues, i.e., Education and the Economy, I have focused on learning what the issues of top priority or concern are for voters in Legislative District 12 (Nampa). I believe because I am Latina and have lived in Idaho since 1970 plus being bilingual (in Spanish and English) and bicultural and focused on contributing significantly at different levels to Latin@ issues, i.e., education, employment, health, etc. I understand the need of Idaho’s Latino community. I have done advocacy work for Idaho farm workers. I have worked on policy work (minimum wage, farm labor contractor bonding, right to know, etc.). And, for many years have worked to ensure full participation by Idaho Latin@s in Idaho’s electoral process. I am extremely committed to do the work that is necessary for the betterment of Idaho’s Latin@ community.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed)
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans
  • Differential pay for bilingual employees

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

I absolutely support in-state college tuition. If elected, I would also support what other states have done, i.e., provide state financial aid to these students.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

I would not place additional or different requirements for undocumented state residents. Idaho is really missing out, especially in revenue, by not allowing these individuals to have driver’s license. Given the economic contributions of this population, Idaho must step up and do what is right.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I have personally and professionally experienced both discrimination and racism in Idaho. When I first came to Idaho as a freshman and being singled out as a “smart Mexican” showed where thinking was in Idaho during 1970. I grew up in South Texas and whether Latin@, Caucasian or African American, everyone was required (it was NOT an elective) to take Spanish from 6th grade until graduation. All of us spoke Spanish and it was community.

I do  not believe this was, and in some communities, is the case today. I also experienced discrimination when I was trying to secure housing in 1980. It was then that I learned about the Fair Housing Act and have continued to conduct outreach and education to Spanish-speaking Latin@s to ensure that they know that housing discrimination, in many instance, is totally illegal and that there are administrative processes to address these issues.

During my tenure with the Idaho Department of Labor, because I was advocating for farm workers, I was discriminated against. My girls have also experienced discrimination in the schools. These experiences have taught me that we “must fight oppression” – we must ensure that when an injustice has occurred we address it and help others to address it. There is much work to do in Idaho, especially with institutionalized racism. Just last week, when I was in Moscow, Idaho, I learned of what students continue to experience. It is not right that students are still experiencing what I experienced in 1970-74 when I was in high school!

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I will truly represent all of us; I will fight on our behalf. We have contributed so much for years and years and our contributions are not truly valued. What our students experience in the schools and workers experience in their employment is not right!  Our community needs representation at ALL levels, school boards, cities, counties, state and federal. We are almost 12% of Idaho’s population (11.8%) and at the current time, we have Senator Michelle Stennett and Senator Roy Lacey who both identify as Latin@s. Our community needs 10 more legislators at the State Capitol!

And, we must be accountable to Idaho’s Latino community. When Representative Mary Gonzales was in Idaho during April, her words truly resonated with me: “When we are not at the table, we will be in the menu.” The recent cuts to education have confirmed these words; when cuts are made, the very programs etc. that have helped and are helping our children and youth are usually the first things to go.

Contact info: mabbutt4idaho@gmail.com; votemariamabbutt.com; Facebook:  Mabbutt 4 Idaho; Twitter: @MabbuttMaria

Joel Robinson (R), Senate District 16

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

  1. Latinos have been a significant percent of the Idaho labor force, but underrepresented in government and business leadership (30,000+ in Ada County alone) 2. Basque and Latino shepherds continue to celebrate their role in early Idaho communities 3. The best days are yet ahead by the increasing numbers of Latinos in Idaho… For example, I hope that Raul Labrador and other Latinos rise to national prominence.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

I learned basic Spanish and American Sign Language to better communicate and understand the diverse communities as part of my volunteer chaplain work (my education continues in both).
1. I want to regulate the Payday loan industry in Idaho. They prey upon the poor and immigrant communities with predatory loan practices, up to 900% interest rates.
2. I want to reform our prisons. Latinos and Blacks are disproportionately represented in Idaho prisons.
We need to eliminate mandatory sentences and let judges be judges.
We need to lower criminal penalties for drug users and provide alternatives to prison.
We need to provide job training in prison so when inmates get out they can support their families.
We must stop sending inmates out of state where poor families cannot afford to visit.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans
  • Encourage state workers to become bi-tri lingual

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Undocumented students need to register with immigration. Then as their cases are proceeding through the courts the Idaho Legislature should specify who should receive in-state tuition. In-state tuition is a privilege, not a constitutional right.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

I am not aware of other countries granting undocumented visitors full licence privileges. Driving is a privilege, not a constitutional right.
Undocumented residents need to register with immigration. Then as their cases are proceeding through the courts the Idaho Legislature should specify what type of licenses immigrant drivers may have.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I enjoy white privilege.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

Yo soy un tipo diferente de republicano.
Quiero ayudar a los pobres y discapacitados.
I am an advocate for bilingual education.
I can read Spanish better than I can speak it.
I want to reform Idaho prisons, and reform Payday loan industry.
My first son married a bilingual teacher who is raising their children bilingual.
My second son married into a Hispanic family.

Contact info: www.electJoelRobinson.com

CJ Nemeth (I), State Representative 23B

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Culture, Work, Community Involvement

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

Every person in the State of Idaho is equal, no person or group of people should be singled out and only certain equality is given. Many people within the Latino Community has something to offer, such as culture, arts, and all people can learn from one another.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed), Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No Response

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Any Student who graduates from Idaho high schools, should have the same opportunity to continue their education, with grants, funding and other necessary means, exception is that once a person who graduates from High School should apply for any type of documents to help ensure their longevity stay within Idaho.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No Response

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

Drivers licenses and the ability to drive is a privilege and since it is a privilege, the tests, the requirements to obtain a drivers license should be met. As all people face the same requirements, and in order for any agency to not discriminate, then any requirements and all people need to meet those requirements.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

We have a lot of discrimination in Idaho, especially with people not understanding. I am not Latino, yet I have always treated everyone regardless of race, color, beliefs and religion as the same. I am a  supporter of the different races within Idaho and try to participate as well as go to all events .

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

In this community, most Latinos know me for who I am and what I believe, and those to whom I have helped because of the type of business I own and operate. A person is a person regardless, and if they seek and need help and I can offer such help, I do so.

Contact info: cj.nemeth@outlook.com and https://www.facebook.com/CJ.Bailbonds?ref=tn_tnmn or https://www.facebook.com/cjnemeth.representative.candidate

Lance Clow (R), House District 24A

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Family Values, Work Ethic, Pride of Heritage

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

My primary areas of emphasis:

  • Education
  • Economic Growth
  • Expectation that I will be accessible to all
  • Experience as a Community Leader who has embraced hispanics into leadership roles.
  • Enabling citizens to express positive behavior and business/industry to exhibit corporate and business responsibility.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed)
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Review of charter school diversity initiatives
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans
  • In State Tuition for all Idaho Graduates, regardless of location of birth

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

If an Idaho Student has graduated from an Idaho Secondary program, no further qualification should be required.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No Response

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

I am not sure about this, as I believe everyone must provide a birth certificate to confirm age. I need to better understand the rules here to properly analyze this issue. Proof of Citizenship seems to not be needed, but proof of age. So I cannot answer with a simple yes or no.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

While I am sure there are situations that Latinos and others can specifically identify, my experience has been good. Yes, there are many Latinos in lower wage employment, but I do not see Latinos who have mastered English and have education being held back. I hope I am correct. We raised our daughters to be inclusive and always embraced their friends of any minority group. We reached out to minority students at CSI as guests in our home on many occasions.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I believe that any Latino who has had business or personal experience with me as a City Councilman, Mayor or my first two years in the legislature would support me without hesitation. Obviously, we may have different political philosophies, I do not think they would vote against me because they believe I have be oppressive or unfair.

Contact info: lance@lanceclow.net

Dale Ewersen (R), Senate District 26E

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Cultural diversity, work ethic and family values

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

Individuals are responsible for their own actions and well-being. I have several Latino neighbors. They all work hard and take care of their families. In addition, low personal income taxes allow Latino families to keep more of their earned income.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

After graduation, they should be offered comprehensive citizenship training.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

If they are in a Guest Worker program, a driver’s license for the time allowed in this nation could be issued.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

None

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I respect them as individuals, will listen to their concerns and help them when I am able to.

Contact info: dale@daleforsenate.com; www.daleforsenate.com

Kert Howard (R), Senate District 29

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

#1. medical: several good doctors  #2. diversity of culture #3. strong work ethic

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

My main issue is a medical school in Idaho, and I like it to have seats available for Latinos so we could have locally trained doctors that will stay in the area.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Diversifying state boards and commissions
  • Meaningful, culturally competent outreach at state agencies
  • Set State Board of Education goals for diversity in education (K-12 and Higher Ed)
  • Diversifying the state workforce
  • Culturally inclusive health care practices
  • Required diversity training for Idaho law enforcement
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans, education in the medical field

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Skills that allow access to high paying jobs, and advanced graduate education.
Mentoring programs to reach all age groups, not just the youth

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

Same as all drivers.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I worked at the Fort Hall medical clinic for 10 years when I first got out of medical school, one day a week, and I saw mistrust by some, but once we made friends and developed a mutual understanding, those differences  seemed to fade away. I value several strong friendship still today, that we developed  30 years ago.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

Latinos tend to vote Democratic, but having a friend in the Republican majority party,  where funding is decided, just makes more sense.

Contact info: kerthoward@gmail.com

Matthew Larsen (L), State Representative 29A

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

Idaho’s Latinos are dedicated workers, valuable customers of local businesses, and provide important cultural diversity to the state.

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

My platform calls for a much easier path to citizenship for anyone who wants to immigrate to Idaho and be productive citizens. Undocumented residents should be given a simple path to becoming citizens. The current process does a disservice to the state, its citizens, and people who want to live and work in Idaho. The current obstructions to becoming a citizen are absurd and unnecessary.
My platform also calls for an end to the War on Drugs. It disproportionately affects minorities among other problems it causes.
The LP platform recognizes the individual’s important role in the success of a country and state.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

  • Signage in multiple languages at state facilities
  • Outreach to immigrant and newly naturalized job-seekers through the Department of Labor
  • Support for high skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Welcoming initiatives for new Idahoans

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

Yes

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Undocumented students should benefit from a vastly easier and streamlined system to becoming a citizen. Rejecting undocumented students, especially those who want to pursue higher education and enrich Idaho’s workforce, does no good for Idaho. Students graduating from Idaho high schools should be given the same in-state tuition rates, regardless of where they were born.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

Yes

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

I would request that undocumented residents become citizens through a faster process. This is, of course, assuming that we change the current system to a faster process.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I lived in Texas as a kid, so I grew up around a high percentage Latino population. Being very comfortable in a multicultural setting changed the way I view things in Idaho. Latino workers are some of the most hard-working individuals I’ve met, but many Idahoans consider them to be “living off the system.”
I believe an easier process to gain citizenship could help alleviate those tensions.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

I believe the Libertarian Party’s platform to be more friendly toward immigration and policies that help upward mobility in society than the others. I believe that people come to this country and to this state because they want to be free to make a living without interference from overbearing governments. I think Latinos are an important part of Idaho, and excluding them from anything helps nobody.

Contact info: www.matthewlarsen.us, facebook.com/larsenforidaho, matthewdlarsen@yahoo.com, @mlarsen_id

Samuel A. Hoagland, Fourth District Judge (Non-Partisan)

What do you consider to be the three most significant contributions to the state from Latino Idahoans?

No Response

What aspects of your policy platform demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the Idaho Latino community?

Most people have never had the misfortune of appearing in District Court, so they are not sure what a judge can and cannot do. The district court is a trial court and the judge’s primary role is to follow the evidence to find the truth, and then follow the law and Constitution, all with independence, integrity and impartiality. A judge must administer justice by applying existing law, then and there, without bias, prejudice or partiality, and whether or not the judge agrees with the law as written.

The law is made and amended by the legislative process, and interpreted in binding decisions from higher courts (e.g. Supreme Court). The Court Rules (e.g. evidence and procedure) are adopted and interpreted by the Supreme Court. The substance of the law is decided elsewhere. A judge should have the integrity to follow the law when nobody’s looking, and the courage to follow the law when everybody’s looking.

How should Idaho address growing diversity in the state?

No Response

Do you support in-state college tuition for undocumented Idaho students as states like Texas, Utah and Washington do?

No Response

What kind of policies for undocumented students who graduate from Idaho high schools and want to continue their education would you support?

Judicial Candidates are prohibited by law from commenting on any matters that may come before them in court.

Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented Idaho residents?

No Response

What requirements would you place on undocumented state residents seeking driver’s licenses?

Judicial Candidates are prohibited by law from commenting on any matters that may come before them in court.

What are your personal experiences with racism and discrimination in Idaho?

I have represented numerous clients in court and before the Idaho Human Rights Commission with discrimination claims based on age, race, sex, religion, color, creed and national origin.

Why should Latinos in Idaho vote for you?

No matter who you are, or what you do in life, experience matters. Good judgment comes from experience. A District Judge is trial judge first and foremost. The best candidate has significant experience in trial practice, and a working knowledge of the law and the rules of procedure, rules of evidence, burdens of proof, and standards of review. I have 32 years of broad-spectrum experience as a trial attorney in state and federal courts, district and magistrate, civil and criminal cases, felonies and misdemeanors. That includes advice, counsel, settlements, trials and appeals in a wide variety of practice areas, including:  Business Law, Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Contract Law, Employment Law, Administrative Law, Family Law, Personal Injury & Torts, Estate Planning, Probate, and Pharmacy Law.
Further, my background as a pharmacist makes me uniquely qualified in medical malpractice cases and for specialty courts like drug court and mental health court. I have been in court thousands of times. By contrast, my opponent is an office lawyer who has never tried a case. Experience does matter.
Also, whenever a judge position comes open, whether for appointment or election, the Idaho State Bar conducts a survey of the candidates by members of the Bar. Attorneys are bound by their honor to only rate candidates they know. Each candidate is rated on four crucial characteristics: (1) Experience & Ability, (2) Integrity & Independence, (3) Temperament & Demeanor, and (4) Knowledge & Understanding of the Law. My average scores in the Bar Survey were very high in each category. My opponent’s  average scores were very low. In addition, Martindale-Hubble has been the gold standard for rating lawyers for 130 years. I am the only candidate in this race with an AV-Preeminent ® rating, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards – the pinnacle of professional excellence. These strenuous peer-review surveys show that only one candidate deserves your vote.
Experience matters. Integrity matters. Temperament matters. Knowledge of the Law matters.
Ask your lawyer. Ask your pharmacist.

Contact info: www.hoaglandforjudge.org

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3 Responses

  1. Estella says:

    This is awesome Nathaniel!

  2. Thanks for sending this survey out! Informed voters should always be the goal!

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