RICK JUST FOR IDAHO
2022 Candidate for Idaho State Senate, District 15
Hi, I’m Rick Just
I’m running to represent you in the Idaho Senate. That’s why this campaign is funded by Idaho residents, not corporations or special interests. I am listening & learning from you to focus on the issues that really matter to our community.
Author • Idaho Historian • Outdoor Enthusiast
I’m a native Idahoan with a passion for our state’s history. Both sides of my family settled here as pioneers before Idaho was even a state and we have been here ever since. After serving my country in the Marine Corps and earning my degrees at BSU, I went on to serve the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for 30 years. As an author of several books about our state’s history, I look back to times when elected officials put Idaho and its citizens above party politics. I’m running to help get us back to that level of respect so we can focus on the actual issues that matter to Idahoans.
Listening to Understand
Leaders listen. They hear and seek to understand. I will always listen to your concerns and learn from your experiences. Considering a variety of viewpoints leads to better decision making.
Fairness & Equality
The United States was founded on the basis of equal treatment for all. As a nation, we have struggled to live up to that ideal. Equal treatment of people is a core value for me. I believe in compromise as a general rule. Human rights cannot be compromised. They are something everyone is entitled to.
I believe in building consensus by inviting every stakeholder to the discussion. Collaboration and compromise can turn opponents into partners. I am proud that Idaho has been a national leader in collaboration with successes such as the Owyhee Initiative and the Sawtooth Coalition and it is my intention to continue that tradition.
Sustainability & Fiscal Responsibility
We must be better citizens of the planet, recognizing that the way we live today will determine the future of our grandchildren. Climate change is real. Individual citizens can do just so much to make a real difference in energy use and sustainable practices. We need strong action from elected officials to move us toward sustainability, both financially and for our environment.
THE ISSUES AT STAKE
Our Education & Children
Every child in Idaho, no matter where they live, deserves a top-quality education so they have the foundation they need to succeed. Our legislature isn’t fully funding schools, forcing local bond initiatives that shift the burden onto property owners. Idaho families deserve an adequately funded education system that will ensure a bright future for their children and attract better jobs to the state.
This begins with paying our teachers a competitive wage that will keep them in Idaho. By investing in early childhood education, we can better prepare our children for a lifetime of learning. Through the improvement of our technical training programs we can equip more students with the trade skills necessary for a successful career.
Our Healthcare & Lives
The issue of healthcare is a top concern for Idahoans and the largest threat to financial stability. As the pandemic of Covid-19 has made abundantly clear, inadequate health care for others can dramatically affect all of us.
The voters’ decision to expand Medicaid has provided thousands more with the adequate care their family desperately needed. We must continue to hold the many elected officials accountable who are still trying to undermine that decision. We can improve the livelihoods of so many by actively proposing solutions for lower premiums and prescription drug costs.
Our Public Lands
Idaho’s public lands are the envy of the nation. We must protect them. Yet, too often, we are denied access to traditional recreation areas. While respecting private property rights, I want to seek solutions such as conservation and recreation easements. I will also support legislation to keep public roads across private land open.
Idaho’s hunters and anglers have provided funding for non-game wildlife for years. They shouldn’t be the only ones to do so. I want to work with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to seek a solution to funding non-game wildlife programs that includes other stakeholders that enjoy the benefits of healthy wildlife populations.
An Ethical Government
It is essential that we elect leaders who will work hard to restore faith in government and keep it accountable to the people it serves. Many of our elected officials refuse to cooperate with standards of transparency. Our legislature lacks an ethics committee and inspector general to keep actions in check.
The legislature has been chipping away at the Idaho Public Records Act by making it more difficult to find out where legislation is coming from. We need to stop this trend and strengthen our ability to monitor what the government is doing. We are seeing efforts to weaken citizen-led initiatives and skew the redistricting process. It is critical that we put a system in place to protect us from these sorts of actions.
Rick Just for Idaho
This campaign is about focusing on the actual issues that matter to Idahoans, despite our differences. It’s about working hard to overcome the power of special interests and bringing respect back to the State House. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 3rd.
I write a daily history blog called Speaking of Idaho. You can access it here @ Speaking of Idaho.com. Please check it out. I post my blog on Idaho politics here.
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This campaign is about focusing on the actual issues that matter to Idahoans, despite our differences. It's about working hard to overcome the power of special interests and bringing respect back to the State House. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 3rd. #JustForIdaho #idleg pic.twitter.com/RkJe6vCCUO— Rick Just for Idaho (@electrickjust) October 6, 2020
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