Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Allred can create jobs

Idaho has a rare opportunity this year to elect a governor with the formal training, background, intelligence and caring concern needed to capitalize on Idaho's innate qualities that make it a great place to live. Keith Allred, a fifth-generation Idahoan who grew up in Twin Falls and worked summers as a kid on his grandfather's ranch, is no stranger to hard work and diligence. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard, where he became a professor at the Kennedy School of Government for seven years. Because of his skills in resolving conflict and leadership, he taught courses in those subjects and has now returned to Idaho to put the skills into practice.

Keith understands the dilemma of Idaho's present economic crisis: job losses, home foreclosures and hungry families. During his teaching years, he made valuable contacts with business establishments. Keith has the negotiating skills to attract new business to Idaho but must promise an innovative and smart work force to those businesses. He will insist that the education funding lost under the present administration be reinstated.

Keith is not your usual career politician, but rather interested in the common good. In fact, he is the founder and president of The Common Good, a nonpartisan organization that works in the Legislature to put common-sense solutions ahead of special interests and partisan politics. Working with over 1,000 members from across the political spectrum and from every corner of Idaho, The Common Interest has an impressive record. Members suggest Idaho needs and possible solutions to solve them, which are studied by the group. This has given Keith insight and knowledge of the legislative process, knowing how to best solve Idaho problems and achieving bipartisan collaboration.

Keith is a conservative and the ideas being floated in negative ads regarding his stand on taxes is foolish and untrue. The silly idea that he would advocate a sales tax on school lunches is laughable.

Vote for Keith Allred for Idaho governor to open doors to a new day for Idaho.

Barbara Dargatz


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