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Elections 2002- Idaho Rep. District 2 Seat B

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June E. Judd, Democrat

by June E. Judd

    I am a candidate for State Representative, District 2, Seat B. I have previously served as a State Representative and I am running for this position because during the past year there have been a huge number of citizens, in addition to Democrats, asking me to, again, serve as a legislator.
    The reapportionment plan adopted by the legislature and signed by the governor has created a large district designated as Legislative District 2 in the Idaho Panhandle, comprised of all of Benewah and Shoshone counties, the Kootenai County portion of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and most of the southern part of Bonner County. I have lived in this district since 1955.
    I was born and raised on a farm in the Lenore area along the Clearwater River, attended Lewiston High School three years and graduated from Lapwai High School. After attending Lewis Clark College, I taught school in Clearwater and Nez Perce counties for six years before moving to Orofino, Idaho where my husband taught a Veterans on the Farm training program before continuing his education at the University of Idaho.     Following his graduation, Harry taught school one term, then we moved to Bonner County where he served as Assistant University of Idaho Extension Agent four years before we moved to Benewah County where he served as an Extension Agent until his death in 1974.     During those years I was involved in all the community activities associated with raising a family of three children, continuing my education, doing substitute teaching and then returning to teaching full time. I earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Elementary Education in 1972 and 1982, and now have an additional 31 credits. My three children, Elaine Harris, Maureen Wagner and Norman Judd are all married and I have three grown grandchildren, Shawn, Brook and Ryan. My 94 year old mother, who lives in Lewiston, enjoys good health and has a keen mind.
    Because I had been involved in Democratic Party activities for many years, I was often asked to run for a political office. In 1990, when I retired from teaching, I was persuaded to run for the legislature to represent Benewah and Shoshone counties in what was then Legislative District 3. With redistricting in 1992, Benewah County became part of Legislative District 7, which I represented until the 2000 election.
    I have been State Committeewoman to the Idaho State Democratic Central Committee for about 26 years and have attended three Democratic National Conventions. Also, I have served as vice-chairman of a legislative district and a floterial district.
    I believe I have the background to serve the people of District 2. I have lived in Bonner and Benewah Counties and represented Shoshone County, so I know the problems for individuals and communities when the economy is based on natural resources. Teaching school for 28 years at all grade levels (1-8) has given me a thorough knowledge of school issues. Family members are or were employed in banking, the mining industry, farming, logging, education, nursing, law enforcement, office work and restaurant work, so I have an understanding of the issues important to constituents. I enjoy legislative work and I have the time to travel this large district for meetings with constituents.
    Education, health care, needs of senior citizens, veterans and children; highway and road improvement; and expanding the economic base to create jobs are all major issues of concern to me.
    When voting on legislation my votes are based on input from citizens, industry and business in the district and state, along with information from committee hearings, the debate on the floor and the constitutionality of the proposal.
    I have received the most praise for the bill I proposed for uniform bumper heights that is now law. Another bill for which I received high praise was an appropriation for the World War II Veterans Memorial.
    If I am elected as your legislator, I intend to serve the district by attending meetings and events in the numerous communities as often as possible. During the campaign season I will be happy to attend meetings and events as time allows. If you have questions or want me to attend meetings or events, please contact me.

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