Elections for the Dist. 7 Senate seat, currently held by Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, will be contested in both May and November.
Running against Nuxoll in the May 17 primary is Carl Crabtree of Grangeville.
“Each of us should contribute to our communities to the best of our ability,” said Crabtree, in a prepared release. “My complementary experience in both leadership of private business and government agencies uniquely qualifies me for this service.”
For 42 years, Crabtree has owned and operated a cattle business near Grangeville, specializing in seed stock production and yearling/stocker operations. He has served as president of the Idaho Cattle Association, and Idaho Beef Council. Carl later served on and chaired two committees with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
Crabtree worked for the University of Idaho and Idaho County, serving as manager of the Idaho County 4‐H Program, and for three decades served as Idaho County Weed Supervisor. Carl was twice elected president of the Idaho Weed Control Association.
Crabtree noted, in his position as weed supervisor, he worked with a diverse group of agricultural producers, private landowners and public agencies to form collaborative groups that in cooperation achieved measured successes in reducing and controlling invasive species problems affecting both industry and environmental concerns.
“Bringing people together over contentious issues,” Crabtree said, finding common ground that individuals and groups can agree on, is among the skills he plans to bring to his service to the senate.
Crabtree is an Idaho native. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married 42 years and have three grown children.
In the Nov. 8 general election, the winner in the May Republican primary will face Democrat challenger Ken Meyers of Sagle.
In a press release, Meyers described himself as a consensus building, and has the ability to listen to all sides of an issue, good judgment, and comfort with decision-making. If elected, Meyers said he will help provide needed balance to the state senate, and help that body make decisions and take action based on facts.
Meyers is retired from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he was a professor of veterinary physiology and associate dean, responsible for admission and education of veterinary students.
Meyers stated he is serious about educating Idaho’s children for a 21st century economy, will work to create a state government that is efficient, transparent, and responsive; and he will “not waste legislators’ time and taxpayers’ money on inconsequential issues or issues already decided by the Supreme Court.” He will work for state government policy that protects personal freedoms, does not discriminate, and promotes a more equitable society.
Meyers believes climate change is real and has a human component. He believes government should stay focused on issues that result in a strong economy, provide bootstraps for the working poor, and promote a thriving middle class. Meyers stated Idaho needs natural resource policies that protect the people’s legacy of public lands, while providing recreational and economic opportunity; and he said he would work against efforts for privatization of public lands or the state to acquire federal lands.