Ada County-Wide Republican Candidates

Ryan Davidson

Ada County Commissioner – District 1

Ryan Davidson has been an Idahoan since 1995. Originally born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ryan’s father was from Montana and his mother was Canadian. They met in Bible College in Saskatchewan and then moved to Winnipeg, where the family business – a successful crane company – was located.

Ryan’s first job as a young teenager was washing down mud-splattered cranes. He later went on to work beside his father and grandfather on heavy machinery moving jobs throughout Winnipeg. In Boise, Ryan has moved machinery and helped set up production lines for well-known companies such as Simplot, Hewlett Packard, Sorrento (the Nampa Cheese factory), Go-Go Squeeze, and was on the team which installed all of the antique tractors inside the JUMP building.

Ryan’s interest in politics goes all they way back to the early nineties, where as a teenager he would listen to Rush Limbaugh on an American radio station whose signal could only be picked up late at night.

Today, Ryan is well-known as a grassroots political organizer within the Republican Party. He has served in many party positions, including State Youth Committee Man, Resolutions Chairman of the State Central Committee, and Ada County Chairman from 2018 – 2020. He has run campaigns for Republican candidates in Idaho from President to Irrigation District Commissioner. He’s known as a fierce critic of government corruption, and has helped author state and municipal laws, party rules, and has even successfully argued in front of the Idaho Supreme Court.

Ryan is running for a seat on the Ada County Commission because he believes more needs to be done to improve our quality of life.

· Lowering property taxes. Ryan will work to lower property taxes and will work with our legislators to find a permanent solution at the state level.

· COVID-19. The county has not correctly handled this situation. It’s time to reopen our economy and schools. Masks and social distancing should be encouraged but not mandated.

· Western Idaho Fairgrounds and Les Bois Park. We need citizen input on the future of this property. I do not support taxpayer funded stadiums.

· I am pro-Second Amendment.

Rod Beck

Ada County Commissioner – Second District 

Political:

  • Chairman of 2016 Trump Campaign in Idaho: Trump delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention as leader of the Idaho Trump delegation.  Directed the selection of Trump delegates to the 2016 & 2020 Republican Conventions.
  • Idaho Senate:  Idaho State Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee. Served on the Commerce and Labor Committee, Education Committee, State Affairs Committee, Judiciary and Rules Committee, Transportation Committee, Local Government and Tax Committee and Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee.
  • Region Chairman:  Region Chairman for the Idaho State Republican Party.

 Professional

  • Broker and Associate Broker – Nearly four decades of experience in real estate. Owned and operated several boutique real estate sales companies and sold residential and commercial properties.
  • Small Business Owner:  Owned and operated several small businesses including marketing and real estate.

Executive Experience

  • Executive Director of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA):  Administered multi-family group charged with making loans for affordable housing complexes; developed the low income housing tax credits and the Federal HOME program; responsible for running the Section 8 HUD subsidized housing for low income people
  • Family Self Sufficiency in Idaho:  Stated first FSSI in Idaho.  Teaches families on subsidized housing to increase their family income and enables them to get off public assistance.

Personal:

  • Raised:  Born in Rigby, Idaho, and raised on a potato farm in Archer, Idaho.
  • Mission:  Served a two-year mission for my church in Denmark and learned to speak Danish.
  • Education:  Boise State University, advanced finance for real estate; Brigham Young University, coursework in finance and business; Ricks College (now Brigham Young University Idaho) Language Training Scholarship (Danish)
  • Family:  Wife is Rhonda Rawlins Beck for 45 years. We have three daughters and three sons and they have given us 17 grandchildren.

Stephen Bartlett

Ada County Sheriff

Stephen Bartlett is the 38th Sheriff of Ada County, Idaho – where he runs the state’s largest and most dynamic law enforcement agency.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has over 750 employees and a budget in excess of $80 million.

Bartlett is responsible for managing the 1,224 bed Ada County Jail – Idaho’s largest — and the community supervision of about 3,500 offenders. His duties also include policing unincorporated Ada County and the cities of Kuna, Eagle, and Star – and the management of Ada County’s Emergency 911 Dispatch Center.

Sheriff Bartlett, who was appointed to the position in 2015 and will begin his second elected term in November, is known for his collaboration skills and working closely with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to solve problems.

Sheriff Bartlett has worked as a 911 dispatcher, jail deputy, patrol deputy, detective, K9 handler, polygrapher, crisis negotiator, patrol sergeant, jail sergeant, lieutenant, Chief of Eagle Police, and administrative captain over this 20 year+ law enforcement career.

Bartlett and his family live in Meridian, Idaho.

Jan Bennetts

Ada County Prosecutor

Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, Jan Bennetts, has dedicated her years in public service to preserving the quality of life for the people she has sworn to protect. Jan joined the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 and has been a front line prosecutor handling a myriad of cases throughout her career from sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence to homicide and death penalty cases.

Jan was sworn in as Ada County Prosecutor on November 28, 2014 after being unanimously selected by the Ada County Republican Central Committee and then being unanimously appointed by the Ada County Commissioners in November 2014 to succeed Greg Bower upon his retirement. But Jan wasn’t given the job as prosecutor . . . she earned it. In the years leading up to her appointment, Jan led the creation of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office. She also took a leadership role in the creation of the Ada County Domestic Violence Court and the Ada County FACES of Hope Victim Center. Starting in 1998, Jan took on management and executive roles in the Office, including Magistrate Division Supervisor, Domestic Violence Unit Supervising Attorney and Felony Division Trial Team Leader. In 2009, she was named Assistant Chief Deputy of the Criminal Division, responsible for assisting the Chief Deputy in overseeing the daily operations of the Criminal Division. In 2013, Jan was promoted to Chief of Staff, responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the entire Office.

As the Ada County Prosecutor, Jan oversees roughly 180 employees across both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of her Office. Jan has consistently demonstrated leadership in her work as a deputy prosecutor, in ensuring victims are afforded their constitutional rights, in her partnership with law enforcement, and in her role as the elected Ada County Prosecutor.

An Idaho native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Idaho, and magna cum laude graduate from Willamette University College of Law, Ms. Bennetts began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. To learn more about Jan, you can go to her webpage at https://www.electjanbennetts.com/.