Friday, October 31, 2014

District 26 Seat B

Q & A

Donna L. Pence (I)

Age: 72

Occupation: Farmer and retired teacher.

Previous experience in public office: 10 years in Idaho Legislature.

Why are you running?

To be a source of assistance in dealing with state agencies, to keep citizens informed about policy issues, provide opportunities for their input, take that input into consideration when researching and voting on issues, and to generate and pass only necessary, practical and constitutional legislation.


How can Idaho strengthen its economy?

By providing an excellent education system that prepares students to be the skilled workers companies need. Today’s high-tech, research and science-based industries, we strive to attract, critically evaluate the quality of state support and delivery of educational systems when siting their businesses.


How would you vote on increased educational funding?

I support funding to at least the 2008 level while we work to put into place new systems of structure and governance being developed by our Education Task Force groups. I believe we can incrementally do this as our economy expands.

Do you support the $400,000 allocated to the Wolf Depredation Board?

I would prefer the Fish and Game manage wolves, but this system, which should include non-lethal management, can limit damage to domestic livestock and game herds and ensure we handily exceed the minimum of 150 individuals and 10 packs, preventing relisting wolves as   endangered.

The legislature has spent over $60,000 for legal fees for the Federal Lands Interim Committee. Do you support these expenditures exploring whether Idaho could take over federal lands, or do you oppose it? 

It was a waste of time and money, as Attorney General Lawrence Wasden predicted. Legal precedence, our Idaho Constitution, and lacking the $400 million needed to manage those lands were the major detriments to taking over federal lands. Roads and bridges throughout Idaho are in varying states of disrepair.


What should legislators do to maintain the safety of Idaho’s transportation infrastructure?

Using the concept of users pay, the Legislature must seek a combination of raising registration fees, higher Idaho fuel taxes, a sales tax on gas sales, or similar proposals to raise revenue to begin a proper maintenance and replacement program for roads and bridges.


Don Hudson

Party affiliation: Republican.

This candidate did not respond to the questions.

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