Elections 2018
Kootenai Democrats are committed to your knowing your candidates in 2018. We have given each candidate a chance to share their platform and vision with you. Most importantly, we gave them the chance to ask for your support. Featured below are the candidates who responded to our survey. Others will be added as their responses are received. A complete list of Democrat and Non-partisan candidates running in state and local positions are available here.

District 2 candidates

Dale Broadsword

District 2 Senate

Learn About Dale Broadsword
Why did you choose to run?
I have always considered running for public office and as the old saying goes better late than never. I have watched our legislature vote against the hard working men and women of this great state. They have tried to vote laws to hurt our teachers and hurt the education process.
What are your core values?
Education of our children and because I was raised on social security and medicare I know first hand how hard my parents struggled. I also believe in our hard working women who try to keep their families fed and housed by working 2 or 3 jobs. They should not have to work all those jobs just to get by. I also believe that medical costs should not bankrupt families either. We need to lower the cost of insurance for the doctors and the general public.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
I have none at the present.
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Lu Broadsword – luswqord13@aol.com
What is your candidate website?
My website is in process.
What are your volunteer needs?
My district is so large it is going to be hard to get around to all of the people.
What are your fundraising needs?
Just starting out.

Maria Andrews

District 2 House Seat a

Learn about Maria Andrews

Why did you decide to run?

When I was first asked to run for the Idaho House of Representatives I had to pause to pray if this is what God was calling me to do. After much prayer and reflection it was put on my heart that “yes” I should “Go For It!”
What are your core values? 
My core values are rooted in my relationship with my savior who gives me strength! I have joy in every situation even when faced with difficulties and brokenness. I am optimistic and never sway from hope. I feel honored to be able to serve the lost, broken and lonely. I am passionate about human dignity and human rights. I love the gift of my family and stand in awe of my children.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Francesca Andrews frandrews96@gmail.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Ben Andrews benaudio123@gmail.com
What is your candidate website?
What are your volunteer needs?
Because District #2 covers such large area we have need for every type of volunteer . . . just let us know if you are able to help!
What are your fundraising needs?
Every campaign needs to raise funds. We are planning a simple and direct “grass roots” type of campaign and are thankful for all donations.

District 3 candidates

Dan Hanks

District 3 House Seat b

Learn About Dan Hanks
Why did you choose to run?
My name is Dan Hanks and I am running because Idaho’s children deserve better than 48th place. We are beginning a campaign that demands quality education for all of Idaho’s children. This is a campaign that needs your support to help ensure we don’t let establishment politicians lose sight of their constitutional responsibilities. I also am in this fight because conditions are getting worse for the working families of Idaho. While our economy is growing, the benefits of that economy are not reaching those who are working the hardest and longest. In our community, the current situation leads our neighbors to have to work across State lines to make ends meet. I believe that our working families deserve an opportunity to thrive and work in Idaho. I am running to support small businesses, our State Government should be fighting to ensure that small Idaho-based businesses thrive right here in our state. Our network of small business owners and entrepreneurs must be supported, and policies focused on bringing in powerful outside corporations must be challenged.
What are your core values?
Honesty, hard work, and empathy.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Jesse Garcia – Info@votedanhanks.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Chris Matthews – Info@votedanhanks.com
What is your candidate website?
What are your volunteer needs?
Social Media, Messaging, Door Knocking, Literature Distribution, Text Banking
What are your fundraising needs?
A regrettable aspect of politics is that it costs money, our campaign does not accept donations from large corporations or special interest groups. We depend on donations from individuals who want to make Idaho blue again! Our campaign is dedicated to building grassroots fundraising support network that will help us fund a campaign that voters can be proud of.

District 4 candidates

Cory Jane English

Senate

Learn about Cory English

Why did you decide to run?

I am running for Senate because what we have going on down in Boise is just not working for us. Our State is the vehicle we are driving into the future. We all depend on it to get us where we need to go. We are all in it together. As citizens, we hire those we elect to tinker with that vehicle and keep it tuned up, modernized, efficient and driving down that road. But it’s just not working for us! Instead of getting under the hood and doing the job we elected these people to do, they are instead tugging on the steering mechanism, trying to drive us further and further off the road. It’s not working to drive us forward, and is in real danger of just parking us in the ditch. It is time to come together, and deal with the real issues that we all agree on. It is time to properly fund education and reduce classroom size. It is time to accept the Medicaid expansion It is time to stop focusing on pet projects that only serve to showcase a political agenda

What are your core values? 
At my core, I am shaped by my faith. My faith informs my values and my values inform my politics. Throughout scripture, we are called to work for justice and to care for one another. I value compassion, cooperation and courtesy. I strive to treat others with empathy and respect. I value honesty, commitment, and humility. I believe that a key function of government is to work toward justice, fairness and equal opportunity. Public policy should ensure security for our families and our communities, an equal playing field, and preservation of Idaho’s quality of life.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Dan English, email: dan@toteavote.com but can call or text at 208.665.0610.
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Karen Parke, text or call, 208.659.2543
What is your candidate website?
What are your volunteer needs?
A campaign co-chair to help Dan. We will need volunteers for door-to-door and events. Our highest immediate need is for a social media chair and a campaign events chair along with volunteers in those areas. We will also need volunteers who are willing to make fund-raising calls.
What are your fundraising needs?
Our goal is $25,000-$30,000

Rebecca Schroeder District 4 House seat a

Learn About Rebecca Schroeder

Why did you decide to run? 

In 2007, my son Brady was born and diagnosed with a rare disease called cystic fibrosis. His extraordinary medical needs led me to become deeply involved in political advocacy for children with rare diseases for the non-profit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The experience of interacting with our lawmakers in Washington D.C. and Boise convinced me that our current leadership is not motivated by the needs of regular Idahoans, and has compelled me to step-up and run for office. The lack of transparency and complete absence of ethical oversight in our Idaho Statehouse is dangerous for Idaho’s people. I’m committed to bring more citizen voices to the Legislature.

What are your core values?
No one should have to choose between paying the rent or going to the doctor. I support affordable healthcare coverage for all. The Medicaid Expansion initiative could cover the 78K Idahoans in the coverage gap, and that is one solution that I’m actively working to put on the November ballot for voters to decide for themselves. I believe that hard working individuals should be able to make ends meet with a livable wage. We must finally address the struggle of Idaho’s workforce. Idaho invests embarrassingly little in the students and teachers in this state, and we are falling behind. Idaho ranks 48th in the nation in sending kids on to higher education, and fails to support educators in crucial ways. It is time to show that we value Idaho’s children and Educators.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? *
Shawn Keenan
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Kenna Smoot
What is your candidate website?
What are your volunteer needs?
We are looking to build an army of volunteers in various subcommittees to win this election. Join the team, and put your passion to work for Idaho!
What are your fundraising needs?
Our goal is to raise $100K for this campaign.

Shem Hanks

District 4 house seat B

Learn About Shem Hanks
What are your core values?
I value honesty, integrity, hard work and social justice.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Kristin Ludwig: kristinludwig@me.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
What is your candidate website?
www.shemhanks.com
What are your volunteer needs?
This campaign is looking for volunteers who are willing to share social media posts, willing to phone bank, willing to have house parties and are willing to knock on the doors of their neighbors and have those important conversations.
What are your fundraising needs?
I will accept what money that you are willing to give and put it to good use.

Kootenai County Candidates

Ruben Miranda

County Commissioner

Learn About Ruben Miranda
Why did you choose to run?
I do not feel the county is moving in the correct direction. The board of Commissioners must be more diverse, in order to serve the county.
What are your core values?
Common sense laws and codes that reflect the needs of people over the needs of ideologies.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Suzanne Marshall: suzannemarshall13@gmail.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
What is your candidate website?
www.Miranda4Kootenai.com
What are your volunteer needs?
Any form of help can be utilized.
What are your fundraising needs?
Any contribution is welcome

State Candidates

AJ Balukoff

Governor

Learn About AJ Balukoff
Why did you choose to run?
From the very beginning, A.J. Balukoff learned the value of education and the dividends it can pay down the road. A.J. was the first person in his family to go to college, earning a scholarship to college and working his way through school in three years. He’s brought those values to the Boise School Board throughout his two decades of service. During his tenure, the Boise School District has risen to one of the best in the nation. As a father and grandfather, A.J. knows just how important it is for families to have access to quality health care. Close to 80,000 Idahoans – including children and veterans – go without that every day. A.J. will work to expand Medicaid in Idaho so that all of our trusted friends and neighbors can wake up each day knowing they have options if they get sick or injured. Growing up, A.J. practically lived outdoors hiking, fishing and hunting – a tradition in his family that lives on to this day. As Idahoans, we value our beautiful public lands. A.J. will fight efforts to sell off our public lands to special interests and out-of-state billionaires who will lock Idahoans out of some of our most pristine areas, and work to preserve public access now and for future generations. Idaho’s families share these values and want the tools to succeed. Together, we can build a stronger and more prosperous state for everyone..
What are your core values?
A strong education system, expanding Medicaid, protecting our public lands and keeping them in public hands and fighting for equal pay for equal work.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Joel Freston, Joel@AJforGovernor.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Bea Black, info@AJforGovernor.com
What is your candidate website?
www.AJforGovernor.com
What are your volunteer needs?
As many as we can get!
What are your fundraising needs?
Every little bit helps!

Paulette Jordan

Governor

Learn About Paulette Jordan

Why did you decide to run? 

My late grandfather, a veteran and lifelong Idahoan, believed in the power of fair, effective, and compassionate leadership to create real change in our state. When I decided to run for governor, I thought of the ways he influenced the people in our community: he led by listening, teaching, and driving others to success. I have not seen Idaho’s leaders work toward our success; instead, they push regressive policies that hurt the people they represent. I see so many of our communities being overlooked and undervalued: working families, women, veterans, LGBTQ folks, people of color, people with disabilities.

I see true potential for progress in Idaho. I know that we Idahoans value the strength of our communities and the vitality of our land. I know that we’re fiercely independent. We find power and dignity in our self-reliance, but we also believe that compassion and fairness are the essential principles of being a good neighbor. In the wisdom of my grandfather, I’m running for governor to represent all of Idaho. I know that together we have the drive and the spirit to build a better state – one in which we all prosper.

What are your core values?
I believe in an Idaho where every child receives a high-quality public school education. I will work to ensure that all Idaho families have access to affordable healthcare and the opportunity to earn a livable wage. I want to revitalize Idaho’s main streets, the backbone of our state economy, by investing in innovation and expanding opportunity in rural towns. I will safeguard our public lands by ensuring public access, prioritizing conservation efforts, and combating climate change.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? *
Colleen Kerr, colleen@jordanforgovernor.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Emily Mowrer, emowrer@jordanforgovernor.com
What is your candidate website?
www.jordanforgovernor.com
What are your volunteer needs?
Our biggest need is contacting voters across the state, so we would love volunteers who are willing to phone bank, to go door to door, or reach out to their networks using our tools.
What are your fundraising needs?

JP Chastain

Secretary of State

Learn About JP Chastain
Why did you choose to run?
My heart is with Idaho, and when you love something you want to protect it. As an expert on cybersecurity, databases, & modern commerce I must serve my state in trying times as these.
What are your core values?
I’m a God-fearing scientist, who believes in protecting our children’s futures & protecting our data’s futures.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
JP Chastain 208-584-1778
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Caleb Hansen caleb@apsboise.com
What is your candidate website?
www.campaignforchastain.com
What are your volunteer needs?
I have the expertise, but only two hands & one brain. Volunteers for phone banking are also appreciated.
What are your fundraising needs?
I’d like to run an efficient campaign, looking to raise $30,000 for the primary.

Jill Humble

Secretary of State

Learn About Jill Humble

Why did you decide to run? 

I chose to run for the Secretary of State because I see a need for change and I can be a strong change agent for Idaho. I am a registered nurse, educator, and manager; those skills will serve Idahoans well. I am not a politician; my DNA is to serve others by making Secretary’s office easier to utilize, safeguarding voting, protect water quality, and promote equality & prosperity for Idaho women. I ran for Governor in 2014, with the same goals…. make Idaho better for all. My promise is to improve the core performance responsibilities, systems, and processes have served my colleagues and employers well and I will do the same for Idahoans in the Secretary of State office.

What are your core values?
I value:
– Serving God, family, and human life
– Dignity and worth of people
– Not focusing my beliefs and values on others, but have unconditional positive regard for all
– Working in an environment that places people second only to God.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? *
Seeking a campaign manager
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Ali Earle, alibearle@yahoo.com
What is your candidate website?
www.jillhumble4sos.com
What are your volunteer needs?
Seeking volunteers: door knocking, distribute campaign materials, phone banks. Computer expertise needed.
What are your fundraising needs?
Donations needed and appreciated.

US Congressional Candidates

Christine Mcneil

US COngress-ID d1

Learn About Christine McNeil

Why did you decide to run? 

I’ve been a community organizer for over 10 years in Idaho and 15 years as a Realtor, traveling all over Congregational District No.1 for years. I’ve seen the reality of difficulties that Idahoans face daily. I believe that the only way I can serve them is by bringing their voice to Congress and set solutions to provide the necessary resources for our families. The following topics Education, Healthcare, Labor, Immigration, Infrastructure, will be at the top of my agenda.

What are your core values?
Family values are important to me. They are the foundation of any society, how can we protect them from dysfuctionality? How can we function without honesty, transparency, respect, humility, willingness? When we merge our worlds and utilize it for the well being of our communities then we become a healthy society and we offer equal opportunities to others. We bring credibility and open communication, which will allow us to plan and execute a healthy mechanism for a better society. We can bring sustainability when there is a balance, when our beliefs don’t interfere with the rights of others. I base my core values on integrity, the one that I learned from my parents, I humble my efforts to give and to help from the humility that I was raised with. I am fighter for justice.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? *
George Cuenca, (562) 338 7126
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Maythe Alvarado (208) 821 7829
What is your candidate website?
www.christinaforcongress.net
What are your volunteer needs?
Orientation.
What are your fundraising needs?
Necessary tools to promote funds.

Michael W Smith

US Congress-ID D1 

Learn About Michael W Smith
Why did you choose to run?
I have always been a public servant, I chose to run for office to do the best that I can in getting our nation back on track. The political discourse of our present political climate has eroded and the hostility of partisan tensions continue to rise at a commensurate rate. We have lost track of the values of our nation with emotions leading the way on political voting patterns, in lieu of policy for the betterment of the people of our nation. It is for this reason that my campaign is aimed solely on issues that better our nation and it’s people. I strongly feel that the more candidates we have running, with a wider spread of views and positions, coupled with an informed electorate on the issues each candidate represents, is and will be the best path forward.
What are your core values?
Throughout my life I have believed that our nation is only as strong as the weakest and poorest among us. It is for this reason that I had enlisted in the military, fighting for those who could not. It is for this reason I believe that our social programs are the most important part of our government. It is for this reason that we as a nation have survived this long, we help each other, the people who are hurt, struggling, sick, poor. As Mahatma Ghandi said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats it’s weakest members.”
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Presently the campaign is completely volunteer based, no full time campaign manager has volunteered.
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Presently the campaign is completely volunteer based, no full time campaign treasurer has volunteered.
What is your candidate website?
www.michaelsmith4idaho.com
What are your volunteer needs?
We have several openings in full time, part time, and volunteer positions.
What are your fundraising needs?
Part of this campaign is the fight against Citizens United and big money in politics. For that reason one of our goals is to win with the least amount of money taken in. We only wish to bring in as much money as is necessary to compete and win.

James Vandermaas

US Congress-ID D1 

Learn About James Vandermaas
Why did you choose to run?
I actually knew why I was running before I could put it into words – because i’ve felt it – on a gut level. Running a telecommunications company for 9 years, over 30 years in public service, including work as a union negotiator, law enforcement and some homeland security assignments after 911, I am the candidate with a well rounded knowledge base that will fight to create common sense solutions to the problems we face today. Political office is supposed to be about listening, understanding, and representing all people, especially those who are less fortunate. My candidacy is built on something that has been absent from United States politics lately- working for ALL citizens and ‘bringing people together.’ Giving all Idahoans a voice and making sure these voices are heard on a national level is, ultimately, what made me run to represent District 1.
What are your core values?
My core values are expanding health care for all, creating better paying jobs and an economy that works, not just for the average american but for all americans, protecting are public lands, developing an education system that works for all- in all walks of life, and advocating for women as the fight continues for equal pay and comprehensive healthcare, insuring women are allowed to make their own decisions. These are only a few of the core values this campaign stands for. For further and more in depth information on these issues, please visit our website.
Who is your campaign manager? What is the best way to contact that person? 
Josh Weistaner, Jweistaner@votevandermaas.com
Who is your campaign treasurer? What is the best way to contact that person?
Susan Eastlake, info@VoteVandermaas.com
What is your candidate website?
www.votevandermaas.com
What are your volunteer needs?
A strong volunteer base is what wins elections. If you would like to make phone calls, knock doors, help put up yard signs, etc… please reach out to our deputy campaign manager, Josh Weistaner, and he will elaborate on opportunities to volunteer.
What are your fundraising needs?
As you know, campaigns are expensive. We have high fundraising goals for this campaign and could use all of the help we can get. To donate, please visit our website at www.votevandermaas.com.