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Page 24 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Matthew Faulks Republican - Senate Government has an important role in basic functions in our society, but that role should be limited one. We must look at how government operations are affecting job growth. Our tax structure should promote more incentives for jobs. We must identify and change the areas of our government, regulations, and tax schemes which are choking off business. Some important questions we should address about any government policy or project would be: -Is it necessary that the government carry out or regulate this activity? -Can the private sector carry out this objective more effectively and efficiently than the government? -Is there a less intrusive or less costly means for the government to accomplish the same purpose? -Is this policy or government activity better applied at a lower level of government which is closer to the people served? Postilions: Obamacare should be repealed. I strongly support our public education system. We cannot have an education system that will cause teachers to "teach to the test." We must get back to local control. Pro Second Amendment, pro- hunting. I am pro-life and believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Experience: Raised in Parma. During my ten years of working in banking as a loan officer, I worked with a wide variety of businesses and farm operations. I have experience in law and the justice system. I have had the opportunity to write legal briefs and make argument before courts about our laws and their interpretation. I have worked on a number of water and land issues. Hunter education instructor. Monty Pearce Republican - Senate Peace did not respond to our request for information. He did attend the cadidate forum last week at Council. (See article.) Home: New Plymouth He has been a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate since 2002. Education: Associate's degree from Ricks College and Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. In addition to being a state senator, Pearce is a rancher. Endorsed Ron Paul for president. Current Legislative Committees: Resources and Environment (Chairman), Agricultural Affairs (Member), Education (Member). Pearce's voting record can be found at votesmart.org Pearce has received high ratings from conservative groups, business organizations, gun rights groups, and mixed ratings by conservation groups. The Adams County Record Lawerence Denney Republican, House, Dist. 9A Denney did not respond to our request for information. He was raised in Midvale on the family farm and graduated from high school in 1966. Denney received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics from the University of Idaho in 1970. After graduation, Denney served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star. Denney and his wife have owned a dairy farm. He also worked at an area lumber mill as a second job. Priorities: "The top issues are going to, in most cases, come down to money. Even though the economy has improved some, we're still down from the high point in revenue collections in 2008. The major [funding] issues are education, both K-12 and higher education, as well as Medicaid and that type of funding. I think those are the urgent areas that we have to look at: On creating an insurance exchange (Affordable Health Care Act): "I have mixed feelings about it. I certainly want Idaho to be in charge of running the insurance exchange, but on the other hand I know that anytime the federal government gives us money, there are strings attached. " "I think we have to look at everything we do that encourages business. Jobs are created by the private sector, not so much by government, but government can deter the private sector from investing in jobs. So I think we need to look at everything from tax structure to regulation and make sure that we do everything we can to encourage companies to invest." Idaho Could Increase Tax Revenue by Decreasing Tax Rates Denney is considered by some to be one of the five most influential Idaho legislators. Bio: Born 1948. Is the speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives where he has been a member since 1996. Also served one term in the house in 1991-1992. Education: Bachelors degree from the University of Idaho. He has been a farmer since 1972. Steve Worthley Democrat, House, District 9A I live in Weiser and have a small tree farm in Payette. I've been married 53 years to my wife, Earline. We have two adopted adult daughters and two grandsons. I taught elementary and middle school for over 32 years. I grew up around agriculture, working summers and after school in the fields and orchards and worked my way through University pumping gas. I have owned and operated a small business and have been both a landlord and a tenant. I love our government as it was designed by our forefathers, a system in which all participants are respected. I've long See FACING PAGE, lllal,