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Marv Hagedorn

Marv Hagedorn (R) Meridian, said growing up in Northern Idaho and working in the Potlatch lumber mill instilled strong Idaho roots and values in him.

Before getting out of high school, Marv volunteered and enlisted in the US Navy, where he served 20 years on active duty. After receiving a field commission for his leadership and management talents, and upon returning to Idaho, for the next 23 years Marv brought those skills he learned as a “Navy Mustang” and put them to work in the private sector, where he grew many international for profit and non-profit businesses.

Having been appointed to the House in 2007, he served six years there and has served in the Senate since 2012.

As a six year conservative member of the Idaho House of Representatives, he served on the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Transportation and Defense, Resources and Conservation and Business committees. He now has served in the Idaho Senate on the Health and Welfare, Judiciary and Rules, Resources & Environment, Transportation committees and State Affairs. Marv also served as a Precinct Committeeman, District Chairman and Ada County Vice Chairman of the GOP Central Committee, Co-Chaired the State Central Committee Rules and Platform Committees and has always been involved in local and State conservative issues.

Marv and his wife Patty make their home in Legislative District 14, in Western Ada County. He is the father of two children, John, who served in the Army and Navy in both Iraq and Afghanistan war zones for 35 months and Kristin, who he commissioned and is currently serving as a lieutenant.

In his spare time, Marv is an avid outdoorsman who maintains an active role in many sportsman organizations across Idaho. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, life member of the NRA and North American Fishing Association and a long time member of American Legion Post 113.

Source: Candidate's website.

Janice McGeachin

Janice McGeachin (R) Idaho Falls, is a former state representative and a successful business owner from Idaho Falls. She and Jim McGeachin, her husband of 30 years, own and operate three businesses in the automotive industry, with stores in Idaho Falls and Boise.

In 2012, she and her family renovated an historic building in downtown Idaho Falls and established the area’s only Irish restaurant, The Celt Pub & Grill. Janice and Jim have two children, Liza and James, who help manage their family businesses.

Janice is a proven conservative with an established track record of working with others to promote fiscal responsibility. As chair of the Health & Welfare Committee, she worked to prevent the implementation of Obamacare in Idaho in 2012 by educating colleagues and the public of the devastating impacts of the law to the individual and to our business community.

She graduated from Skyline High School in 1981 and received her BSBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona in 1985. She enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling. Janice is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She has been involved in children and youth ministries and served as a ruling elder within the church.

Janice’s community service includes having served as the chairman of the board for the Idaho Innovation Center and as a board member for the Development Workshop and the Mountain River Valley American Red Cross. She is a member of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club, and was an active member of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Disbursement Committee.

Janice was an elected State Representative from 2002-2012, and served on numerous committees including State Affairs, Revenue & Taxation, Judicial, Joint Finance and Appropriations (JFAC), and Health & Welfare where she served as the Chair. She also served on the Joint Millennium Fund Committee, state employee Change in Employee Compensation Committee, Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee, and the Health Care Task Force.

In addition to her service in the Idaho State Legislature, Janice serves as a Bonneville County Central Committee member, is a member of the Bonneville County Republican Women and chair of Community Relations in 2002, and is the Bonneville County State Committee Woman. She is also a member of the Blaine County Republican Women.

Source: Candidate's website

Bob Nonini

Bob Nonini (R) Coeur d'Alene, is an Idaho native and small business owner, proud to have served eight years in the Idaho House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. During his 14 years in the legislature, he was a member of the Education Committee and honored to serve six years as chairman.

He was also the vice-chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and served as vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee.

He wants to be Idaho’s next Lieutenant Governor to focus on education, economic development and affordable quality health care. Nonini feels that this is the best way he can do more for Idaho.

His 25-plus years of active and successful involvement in the Idaho Republican Party and in the Idaho Legislature separates me from any challengers in the race.

"I am well known as one of the most conservative and effective legislators in Idaho," he writes. "I will be running on my proven track record and vast experience with the Republican Party."

Bob believes that all traditional K-12 public instruction, as well as Charter Academies, Virtual Academies, Project Schools and Bridge Academies, should be treated fairly and equally by the legislature.

"Parents deserve the right to choose how they educate their children, including home schooling and private schooling, and should not be penalized for choosing one method over another," he wrote. "I am proud of my work advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in Idaho.

Source: Candidate's website

Kelley Packer

Kelley Packer (R) McCammon, is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2012 representing District 28 in the B seat.

"My extensive background in public relations has helped me understand the importance of listening to people and working with them to meet their needs," she said.

Packer graduated from Marsh Valley High School and earned her Associate of Arts degree from American InterContinental University.

She works as office manager at Idaho Sports and Spine in Pocatello, and is also a small business owner in McCammon.

Packer served on McCammon City Council from 2008 to 2012, on the McCammon Beautification Committee in 2003 and 2004, as Bannock County GOP Chairwoman from 2010 to 2012 and as president of Marsh Valley Education Society in 2011-2012.

Sources: Candidate's website, Wikipedia, Idaho Legislature website.

Steve Pankey

Steve Pankey (R) Twin Falls

Ocean Risley

Ocean Risley (R) Boise

Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates (R) Idaho Falls, has had a 25-year career in public service, beginning as a China policy expert and culminating with his election as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

Since 2011, Steve has run his business in Idaho, where he’s dedicated his time and energy to serving Republicans across the state to advance our shared values.

As our next Lieutenant Governor, Steve will continue his lifelong work protecting our shared conservative values, controlling government spending, standing up for education, and strengthening our economy to create good jobs – because Idaho deserves nothing less.

From an early age, Yates has been guided by hard work, conservative values and service to others. As our next Lieutenant Governor, Steve will always remember the job is not about him, it’s about the people of Idaho.

Born to an auto mechanic and a writer in a rural community, Steve attended BYU and served a two-year mission to Taiwan. Upon graduation, Steve was recruited into the National Security Agency as a China policy expert.

In 1996, he joined the conservative Heritage Foundation, where he translated his conservative principles into public policy at national and state levels. He joined Vice President Dick Cheney’s office as a Deputy National Security Advisor in 2001, tasked with issues ranging from cyber security and hostage negotiations to energy policy and economic matters.

As a top advisor, Steve witnessed history and leadership at the highest levels; he was evacuated from the White House on 9/11 and helped shape our country’s response to its greatest threat.

Following his service in Washington, Steve, and his wife Diana moved their family and business to Idaho Falls, closer to family. In 2014, Steve was elected as Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party during a very divided moment. He went right to work, bringing people together and working with Republicans across the state, laying out a clear vision and unifying people to advance conservative values in Idaho.

He was honored to oversee the party’s election-year successes in 2014 and 2016, and was hailed as a “peacemaker” following his re-election as Chairman.

Continuing his commitment to service, Steve Yates has served in advisory roles in several presidential campaigns including Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush.

Steve and his wife Diana were married in 1990, and they have welcomed two adopted kids into their lives: Christina and John.