STATE REPRESENTATIVE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 15 SEAT B
I Was Born in Idaho, and I am Dedicated to Idaho and Idahoans. I am a highly motivated person who is committed to serve the Constituents of District 15. I have served within our community for the past 20 years. I was born and raised in Idaho, and I understand Idaho values. My roots in politics are deeply rooted as I attended city council meetings as a little girl, volunteered on campaign trails before I could drive, became an Idaho Senate page in high school and am now a precinct committee woman. In my current role as an elected precinct committeewoman, I have worked with legislators on issues important to Idahoans. I serve on the central committee for Ada County and when asked to do something, I answer the call and take on new tasks. I take my “PC” role seriously, attend meetings well prepared, am willing to listen and always seek to provide a voice of reason. I am willing to listen to others’ beliefs and understand their rationale. I Believe In Serving and Understand the Impact of Policy Decisions and Regulations. I am an advanced practice nurse in Boise. As a nurse, I have spent years advocating for patients. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), I understand how policy and regulation directly impacts patients and the health care providers caring for these patients. I am the Idaho President for the American Nurses Association which gives me the pleasure of serving nurses across this magnificent state. As the Idaho President, I work hard to advocate for Idaho nurses at the national level, ensuring that Idaho has a voice. I am A Supporter of Children’s and Veteran’s Causes . Outside of my professional roles, I am the chair for Ryan’s Cases for Smiles, a charity that provides children in hospitals with kid friendly pillowcases while they are ill. I also independently raise money for headstones for children. In addition, I partner with the local veteran’s hospital and sponsor veteran’s families during their time of need. When there is a need in the community, I am honored and privileged that many reach out to me as a community resource. I am Family First! I have been very happily married to my beloved husband Patrick 11 years and we are the proud parents of two children. I have enjoyed coaching football, being a cub scout leader and volunteering in my children’s school. I Love to Lead on Issues Important to Idahoans. I have a passion to lead. I am not afraid to take the helm and lend my time, knowledge, and talent to those causes and people in which I believe in. I believe in lowering taxes, ensuring the future of schools, impacting the education of our children, and having a voice in healthcare initiatives.
TOP 3 ISSUES
Healthcare in Idaho I believe the relationship between a healthcare professional and patient should not be undermined by other agendas. As a nurse, I understand the concerns facing our state in healthcare. I believe that informed consent means providing patients with options to medical care, full disclosure, and competent decisions. I believe that we have a right to choose our healthcare as a patient, consumer, and individual. I believe that the relationship between a healthcare provider and the patient is a sacred entity that must be built on trust. I believe we must look at our future in nursing and address the nursing shortage related to increased population growth, limited nursing faculty, and decreased supply of nurses.
Taxes I believe fiscal responsibility is more than a political campaign statement. A budget needs to be reviewed and analyzed from many angles with the goal to reduce taxes for all Idahoans. This is an ongoing strategy that goes beyond election years. With a surplus, I believe a decrease in property, grocery, and income taxes is warranted ultimately keeping the money where it belongs and that is in the pockets of the Idahoans. Placing emphasis on spending for items where it is intended such as roads, schools, and water.
Education I believe an educated citizenry is the foundation of our republic. Primary education is crucial. Early literacy programs are key to children’s development. Fundamental skills such as math are foundational to later skills for all trades. Elementary education is vital for our children’s development as it sets the groundwork for them to later be competitive and prepared for higher education. Early education sets children up for both college and vocational education. Parents need options to meet their child’s developing needs. Involving the parents in this decision is vital to the children’s development and providing parents with school choice is important. I believe that investing in our children’s future development is key to our success. Idaho has so much so offer and we need to focus on opportunities that will help keep future generations engaged and Idaho a great place for all future generations!