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Dr. Tommy Ahlquist

Dr. Tommy Ahlquist (R) knows to accomplish anything worthwhile you have to be a doer and not a talker. He said he has lived by this principle in his work as a small businessman, emergency room doctor, father and leader in the community. He has spent his entire professional career in Idaho. He is best known for transforming the corner of 8th and Main from a 25-year hole in downtown Boise to the Zion’s Bank Building, now the tallest building in Idaho.

Over the last 10 years, Tommy has built over two-million square feet of commercial property across Idaho. As a builder, he has created thousands of jobs in Idaho, invested significantly in the local economy and helped small business owners realize their dreams. Tommy has a proven track record of attracting businesses to the state and has the skills Idaho needs to grow its economy and create jobs.

He grew up on his family’s farm and came to Idaho to play basketball at Ricks College and pursue a career in medicine. During this time, Tommy took a break from studying to serve a mission in Brazil with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned his medical degree from the University of Utah and completed specialty training for emergency medicine at the University of Arizona. After completing his medical training, he and his family returned to Idaho to begin his career.

As a community leader, Tommy has served on the Boise Chamber Board of Directors, the President’s Board of Directors for Boise State University, the United Way Treasure Valley Board, the American Heart Association Board, Together Treasure Valley and is President of the FACES Foundation of Idaho. He also is on the YMCA’s Comprehensive Campaign Cabinet and recently co-founded the Treasure Valley Leadership Alliance and Idaho 2020: Investing in Idaho’s Future.

Tommy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna. Together, they have four children.

Source: Candidate's website

AJ Balukoff

AJ Balukoff (D), Boise, holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University earned in 1970. He won the Democratic primary for Idaho governor in 2014, but lost in the general election to incumbent Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter.

Balukoff has served as a member of the Boise School District Board of Trustees since 1997. He started and has grown successful businesses, been active leading nonprofit and community organizations such as the Boise Public Library Board, the Boise Philharmonic, the St. Luke’s Hospital Board and the Boise School District Board.

Balukoff's business credentials include founding one of the largest locally-owned accounting firms in Idaho, creating a successful chain of health clubs and building and operating signature projects like Boise’s Grove Hotel, Century Link Arena and the Idaho Steelheads hockey team.

He and his wife, Susie raised their eight children in Idaho and now have grandchildren in the public school system.

His primary goals, if elected, are to improve education and transparency and accountability in state government.

Sources: Votesmart.org, Ballotpedia.org and IdahoDems.org

Paulette Jordan

Paulette Jordan (D), Plummer, is a native Idahoan, is serving her second term as an Idaho State Representative serving District 5, House Seat A.

She is a graduate of Gonzaga Preparatory in 1998 with honors, a graduate of University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in communications, comparative literature and American Indian studies, along with a certificate in strategic negotiations and conflict resolution from the Washington Center.

She is a citizen of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a local, regional and national leader for years. She was elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council for three years, she is a founding member the VFW Post 5 Auxiliary in Plummer, she served as Benewah County Democratic state committeewoman, a regional board member of the Northwest Disability Action Center, as at-large trustee for the Idaho Heritage Trust, as the Idaho state at-large delegate for the Democratic National Convention for two consecutive presidential elections, as a national committeewoman for the Idaho Young Democrats.

Jordan is serving her third elected term as a Northwest Region board member and Finance Chair for the National Indian Gaming Association, as co-chair of the Gaming Committee for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

She is a national speaker and mentor to young people nationwide. She won a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Business Leadership Award as one of the “Top 40 under 40” and continues to stay active with her public and private business interests.

Jordan lives with her family in Plummer, enjoys raising her sons, horseback riding and appreciates the greater mountain area.

Source: Website of the Idaho Legislature

Raúl Labrador

Raúl Labrador (R) was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in a single parent home. Even though they struggled financially, his mother always taught him the value of a good education and she worked hard to make sure that he had opportunities that she didn’t have. Raúl’s mother moved their small family to the mainland where he completed high school. After high school, he worked and paid his way through college, earning a degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree at the University of Washington.

He built a successful small business and was the owner and managing partner of a law firm with offices in Boise and Nampa. Having achieved his dreams of a loving family and successful career, Raúl decided to run for public office as a way to give back, and to help ensure future Idaho generations have the same opportunities he once had to dream big. In the Idaho Legislature, Raúl established himself as a leading conservative and emerged as one of the most prominent conservative leaders in Washington.

As a Congressman, Raúl has been a leader in reining in government waste and a fierce defender of individual freedom. He has been a strong advocate for scaling back the size and scope of government and has fought to protect Idahoans by voting for every measure that would reduce our tax burden and reduce government spending.

Raúl is a true conservative – he’s strongly pro-life and a consistent defender of the Second Amendment. He has stood for Idaho by opposing Obamacare, working to stop federal overreach by unelected bureaucrats, and by fighting to close our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States. Labrador believes that as a public servant it's his responsibility to protect the people of Idaho, not the special interests.

Raúl and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of five children – Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego and Rafael — and their daughter-in-law Rachel. They live in Eagle, ID, where all five of their children have attended local public schools. Raúl and Becca have been married for 25 years and both are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and involved in community life. Raúl, who is an Eagle Scout, has also previously volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America.

Source: Candidate's website

HyDee Liebelt

HyDee Liebelt (R) Eagle

Brad Little

Even as a boy, Brad Little (R) Boise, knew he wanted to be part of his family’s southwestern Idaho ranch. Idaho’s 42nd Lieutenant Governor admits he came to politics accidentally. He grew up in Emmett working, hunting and playing on the sheep ranch ran by his father and started by his grandfather Andy Little, who emigrated to Idaho from Scotland in 1894 and grew the ranch into one of the most well-known sheep operations in the country. Brad learned the values of hard work, perseverance, and faith from his parents and grandparents.

His father also introduced him to the conservative Republican values Brad still holds today. His father was an ardent Republican, a state legislator and one of Idaho’s Republican National Committee members.

In 1978 he married Teresa Soulen, the daughter of another rancher in the region, and settled into the evolving business of livestock production on an operation that ranged from Emmett to Cascade in western Idaho. By the early 1990s, he had served a term as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association, as well as stints as chairman of the American Sheep Industry’s Public Lands and Governmental committees.

His political career began in earnest in May 2001 when he was appointed to a State Senate seat. He was elected and re-elected to that Senate seat four times, never receiving less than 65 percent of the vote. Little became Lieutenant Governor in January 2009 when Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed him to a vacancy created by Jim Risch’s move to the U.S Senate. Little was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

The Littles have opened some ranch land for the Gem County Cycle Park, the largest free off-road vehicle park in the West, and for trails in the Boise and Eagle foothills.

Source: Candidate's website

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie (R) Boise

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin (I) Boise

Troy R. Minton

Troy R. Minton (D) Boise

Steve Pankey

Steve Pankey (R) Twin Falls

Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips (I) Boise

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson (I) Boise

Sidney Taylor

Sidney Taylor (R) Boise

Steven Tingey

Steven Tingey (R) Kuna

John Thomas Wiechec

John Thomas Wiechec (I) Middleton