I read the ad that Republican candidate for state Senate Jim Donoval placed in the paper on Friday, Sept. 3. Since Mr. Donoval only arrived in Blaine County from Chicago two years ago, it is obvious he does not know how we conduct political campaigns. We expect our leaders to practice responsibility and diplomacy in service to others. We have never had mud-slinging campaigns and do not welcome them. Our candidates refrain from personal verbal attacks and stick to the political issues.
Mr. Donoval says that as a Republican he can represent Blaine County better in the state Legislature. In Blaine and District 25, we have the best schools and test scores in the state. We also have the best tax structure, smartest representatives and the most loyal progressive Democrats. Add in the best ski mountain, ski trails, scenery, weather and caring community.
It is hard to believe that a member of the party of "no" can represent us. The Republican majority in the state Legislature has voted "no" to funding our schools, "no" to the stimulus package, the health bill, and all other programs put forth to benefit the Idaho population.
Reading his ad, it is obvious that in the two years Mr. Donoval has lived here, he still doesn't understand the love and respect our community has for Sen. Clint Stennett and why we honored him as grand marshal of Wagon Days. Mr. Donoval, you also should know that we were miners, sheepherders and ranchers. That is our proud heritage that we celebrate every year and it really is important to our community.
Michelle Stennett understands state and local issues and is a very qualified candidate, as Mr. Donoval will discover when he debates her. Michelle Stennett is also a lady. Mr. Donoval, please conduct your campaign like a gentleman.
Former Blaine County Democratic chair