Incumbent Republican Paul Shepherd of Riggins and challenger Democrat Kenneth Murray Meyers of Sagle are vying for the District 7B House position in the Nov. 4 general election. District 7 encompasses Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties.
According to Shepherd, the communities throughout District 7 share many of the same concerns on issues such as education, health and welfare, transportation and resources.
“The livelihood of the citizens of District 7 is dependent on a wisely balanced and continued use of our basic resources – mining, timber, agriculture and recreation,” he said. “I believe man can live in balance with nature and utilize those resources so necessary for our way of life. It is as foolhardy to overcompensate toward total non-use of our resources as it is to move toward complete destruction without conservation and renewal. If re-elected to the Idaho Legislature, I shall continue to work toward this balance.”
A Riggins resident, Shepherd is presently self-employed with Shepherd Sawmill & Log Homes, Inc. He is currently serving his fifth term as House Representative, and sits on the education, health and welfare, resource and conservation, and transportation committees, as well as on both the Western Forestry Legislative Task Force and the Wind Energy Task Force.
As never before, according to Shepherd, the federal government is exerting powerful mandates onto state governments, further infringing on citizens’ individual rights and plunging future generations into a morass of debt. Government bureaucracy and regulations, he said, are a great hindrance towards creating jobs in the private sector.
“I believe that prosperity and a high standard of living comes from efficient productivity and conservation, that excessive government hampers efficiency, reduces productivity and causes waste,” he said. “I believe the best chance to effect improvement in the federal government is through a strong states rights movement.”
Citizens are demanding government at all levels be effective and efficient, according to Shepherd, and as a state legislator he takes those two words and the Constitution as a guideline when contemplating any legislation that is introduced.
“People should vote for me as I am one of them,” Shepherd said. “I understand what obstacles of excessive government has put on them in the ways of overregulation, overtaxation, and government hovering over them from birth to grave taking away individual responsibilities and freedoms. Now is not the time to increase taxes, fees, or regulations.”
Kenneth M. Meyers
Meyers did not respond to a Free Press inquiry for candidate profile information.