District 17 Republican Voter Guide

Gary Smith


Gary has served Boise and the State of Idaho as an elected city councilmember of Boise; chief of staff to the mayor of Boise; deputy legislative director to an Idaho United States Senator; deputy chief of staff to an Idaho governor; Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance and director of external governmental affairs at the United States Department of the Interior.

Prior to beginning public service Gary and honored to serve for 5 years in law enforcement with the Oregon State Police and the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau. He was vice-president and general manager of The Mode, Ltd. department store in Boise for 12 years and was a co-founder of the Downtown Boise Association which helped revitalize the business community and is still a major contributor to our vibrant downtown. Gary also worked for the Travelers Insurance Company as a Senior Vice-President.

In the local community Gary continues his lifelong commitment to public service as the current Board Chair of the United Way of Treasure Valley and as Vice-President of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County. Past board service includes Junior Achievement of Idaho, the American Red Cross, Boise Neighborhood Housing and the West Ada Little League.

Brittany Love


I am a conservative Christian dedicated to doing the right thing, invested in serving my community and keeping the great state of Idaho Red. I am Pro-Life, an advocate for the 2nd amendment, and strongly committed to supporting, and advancing the Republican Party. Because of my Christian values I understand the plight of the less fortunate than I and will strive to improve their lives in a way where big government is not their stranglehold.

Born in Denver, and later moved to Idaho where I was adopted by a wonderful family, I have been blessed with such a strong support system including my Mother, Father and my 3 younger sisters whom I love very much. In 2018, I married Jeffrey Love, an honorable man serving in law enforcement. It is a privilege to live such a great life and I am deeply thankful for the everyday opportunities I have to bring an abundance of love, hope and smiles to as many children’s lives as I can.

I have worked in ministry for just under 5 years but will continue to do so for as long as I am able. I earned a degree in Social Work from Boise State University and have gone on to pursue a degree in Business Administration. During my time in college I was involved with the BSU Republicans Club where I held the position of social media manager.

Currently I am a member of the Ada County Republicans Committee and in the running to be a precinct committee person in addition to running for District 17 seat A. Outside of working in ministry I enjoy volunteering for a variety of local charities and non-profit organizations. My foremost passion is being involved and keeping Idaho great. I love to hike those glorious hills and trails around Boise.

Anthony Dephue


Anthony Dephue is a Republican candidate for District 17, House Seat B. Anthony began working for conservative causes and the Republican Party in elementary school by canvassing during elections, working at the polls, and volunteering one day a year to assist his elected representative. Presently, Anthony lives in the 17th District, enjoys the wonder of Idaho, and looks forward to bringing a conservative voice back to the 17th.