Idaho Farm Bureau Agra-PAC

IDAHO FARM BUREAU AGRA-PAC QUESTIONNAIRE
FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING ELECTION



1. Please give a brief summary of your background.

Education

University of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1997)
Minors: Spanish, Mathematics

Work Experience

Dot Com Secrets – Boise, Idaho
Software Developer (2007 - present)

Real Estate Deals, Inc. – Nampa, Idaho
President/CEO (2005 - 2007)
Vice President/CIO (2002 - 2005)

Self Employed – Tolono, Illinois
Software Engineer, Independent Contractor (2000 - 2002)

Department of Education, University of Idaho, State of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho
Consultant (1999 - 2001)

Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT) – Savoy, Illinois
Programmer/Analyst (1997 - 2000)

Instructional Materials Technology Center – Moscow, Idaho
Librarian, Programmer (1995 - 1997)

Civic Activities

John Birch Society (2003 - present)
Member

Campaign for Liberty (2008 - present)
Coordinator

Birth Resources of the Treasure Valley (2004 - present)
Technical support

Deseret Homeschool Association (2004 - present)
Technical support

State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (1998 - 2002)
Licensed Foster Parent, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Tolono Fun Day Association (1998 - 2000)
Fourth of July celebration planning for the Village of Tolono, Illinois

Moscow Community Theatre (1995 - 1997)
Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Set Design, Actor, Publicity Committee

Public Offices Held (do not list current public office held)

None

Please list any other background information you would like to share with County Farm Bureau Candidate Evaluation Committees.

Spouse: Kelly
Children: Brittney, Christopher, Stephanie, Michael, William, Rachel, Esther, Jessica, Naomi, and Zamora

2. Do you currently hold a public office?

No

3. Please indicate the major reasons you are seeking reelection or election to the public office for which you are a candidate.

I have long been concerned about the direction our country is headed. Despite efforts to effect change through organizations and influencing politicians, I have come to the conclusion that we must replace those politicians if we want to return our government to its proper role. I am willing and ready to step up and do so. I chose this particular race due to the corrupt actions of my opponent.

4. Please list the groups/organizations you are involving in your election campaign.

I am running my campaign as a true grassroots effort. The political groups that I am involved with and any other organizations are more than welcome to help; however, they must do so knowing that I am not for sale.

5. What do you consider the major problem facing all the people of Idaho and what do you feel would be the best solution to the problem?

The fundamental problem is that politicians have sold out the citizens of this state and allowed government to overstep its bounds. We need to restore our God given constitutional rights, return government to its proper role, realize fiscal responsibility, and require honesty in government. This can be accomplished through many means, some of which include asserting state sovereignty; repealing laws, rules, and regulations that violate the protection of our life, liberty, and property; reducing taxes and spending; eliminating the vast majority of the bureaucracy; and making government transparent.

6. What do you consider the major problem facing Idaho Agriculture and what do you see as the best solution to the problem?

Agriculture suffers from the same type of government interference that affects almost all other industries. Specifically, price supports, subsidies, crop disaster payments, buyout programs, zoning ordinances, and regulations all have a negative impact on the industry. I would seek to eliminate all such programs, as well as eliminate property, income, personal property, and corporate income taxes. Specific laws that need to be repealed include occupational licensing laws and planning and zoning ordinances.

7. What is your vision of Idaho agriculture in the next 5 years?

If we were to make the wholesale changes required to create a true free market, Idaho could be a model to the world. We could have the best business environment and a stable economy. The agriculture industry in Idaho would be part of this. Costs would be lowered and small businesses would flourish, opening up new markets.

8. What is your position on the priority doctrine? Please explain.

For those who are not familiar with water rights, the priority doctrine appropriates water claims on a “first in time, first in right” basis. In Idaho, this is modified with provisions for a hierarchy of preference for domestic use, agricultural purposes, manufacturing, mining, power, and so forth. I believe that individuals have a right to the water that is above, on, or below their property, subject to the uses of others who have that same right. I certainly support prior appropriation as individuals have laid claim to water resources from an historical standpoint. I do not support government ownership or regulation of water.

9. What is your position on the super majority required to pass bonds? Please explain.

Bonds are simply instruments of debt. I do not believe that government should go into debt for any reason other than the rare instance incurred by the cost of waging a just war when it is impossible to raise the necessary funds in a timely manner, so issuing bonds to fund public works or other projects does not fall under the proper role of government. A super majority makes it a little more difficult to go into debt, so from that aspect I support it.

10. Please share your thoughts on property taxes, how should they be used and how their growth can be controlled.

Property taxes are immoral in that they strike at the very heart of one of our basis rights– that of private property. Property taxes and subsequent tax liens give government control over our properties. I would like to see property taxes eliminated completely.

11. If you are selected by the Agra-PAC Committee and would like to be eligible to receive a campaign contribution, please complete the information below:

Campaign Committee Name:
Campaign Committee Address:
Campaign Committee Treasurer:

I am not seeking money from any political action committees.