Who am I?

I am an educator by training having taught 5 years in the Weber County public schools and 15 years at Ricks College (BYU-I) in Rexburg Idaho. In1984, I won a seat in Congress against a seven term incumbent. I served four terms and then lost in a failed Senate race. I served two years as President Clinton's Nuclear Waste Negotiator and then returned to Pocatello as Executive Director of Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services where I assisted some 500 low to moderate income family's purchase homes or rehab existing homes. I was then retired and teaching as an adjunct professor when I was recruited to run for the seat I once held.

Why am I running?

As a member of Congress, I was successful in passing legislation and working with Republicans and Democrats for my constituents. In recent years I have become more and more frustrated by the obstructionism and dysfunction in Congress. My opponent, Mike Simpson, may be the best member of the Idaho delegation, but that is not saying much. As part of the leadership he was part of the crowd who shut down the government. He has voted against the ACA at least 50 times and he has used his position to hurt the poor, the Latinos, women, and his vote for the Ryan budget demonstrates his willingness to hurt seniors. Idaho can do better. I would do better.

My Goals

I have committed to Raise the Minimum Wage, to support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, and to support a bill that would provide equal pay for women. I am currently leading a campaign in Idaho to Raise the Minimum Wage that includes a voter registration drive to register 10,000 new under served constituents. In early August, we will launch a similar drive to register thousands of Latinos and when school is again in session, our efforts will take place on every campus in the 2nd district to engage students. Republicans in Idaho are in chaos and I plan to use this to our advantage.

My DFA Values

I held many of these values before the DFA was created. I believe our system MUST be grounded in people. I resent the way Republicans carry the banner for the rich and I have been a vocal critic of corporate welfare. I am outraged by the GOP's "War on Women" and their "War on the Poor" and I will challenge my opponents record on both of these issues.

My Campaign is People Powered!

The only way I can regain my seat in Congress is by enlisting thousands of new voters. I can't change enough of the traditional Idaho voters to win and so I, and my fellow Democrats, must register thousands of minimum wage workers, students, and Latinos. Only by changing the electorate along DFA inspired lines can I win.
At this point we have registered several hundred minimum wage workers ( mostly single moms) and we have dozens of young Latinos fully engaged in our cause. And, by the way, every time GOP politicians opens his/her mouth our numbers grow.

Voice support


  • Connie L Collins
  • Joshua Mansfield
  • Sara O'Connor
  • Theresa Gabica
  • Kara Jacks, ID
  • Michele Gildner
  • Heidi Knittel
  • Daniel Stallings
  • Darcy Stephens
  • Maritza White
...and 43 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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