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Elections 2002- Idaho Rep. District 2 Seat B

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Steve Johnson, Democrat

by Steve Johnson

     I am Steve Johnson, a candidate for State Representative, District #2, Seat B. I am a lifelong resident of North Idaho and live on the family home in the Cocolalla area of Bonner County with my wife, Marguerite and our daughter, Jennifer. Our older three children have their own families, including our five grandchildren.
    My Dad, a retired sawmill worker, and my mom, a retired teacher and homemaker, impressed upon my three brothers and myself the lifelong importance of education. I have been blessed with the ability to live my dream of raising our children on the family farm, to build our log home, and the challenging and rewarding work of teaching young people.
    I have been a teacher and principal for 25 years, most of it in Bonner County. I currently teach at Lake Pend Oreille High School (part of the public school system ) in Sandpoint. My wife, Marguerite, is an elementary school librarian in Sandpoint. We both graduated from Sandpoint High in 1968. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in education, and in 1983 with a Masters in Education.
    I am excited and proud to be a candidate for the Idaho State Legislature. I want to help shape Idaho's future in a positive and cooperative way.
    The current one-party State Legislature, including my Republican opponent, have made behind-closed-door decisions that do NOT reflect what is best for Idaho's future.
    The differences are clear. The majority has supported tax rebates for the wealthy and special interest groups. I support a re-structure of the tax system so that everyone pays their fair share.
    The majority has made funding cuts to public education and higher education. I would make the restoration of funding to education as my number one priority.
    The majority supports closed-door meetings, and an unwillingness to have public discussion. I believe all meetings should be open to the public and media.
    The majority has repealed the term limits law, voted in by the citizens of Idaho. I will vote to respect and uphold the laws of the people.
    I believe we need to send a clear message to the legislators who demonstrated such arrogance and disrespect for Idaho's citizens. They need to be voted out of office.
    Please inform yourselves about the issues and vote on May 28th in our primary. I care deeply about Idaho and I know we can get back on track for a brilliant future.

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