Ken DeVries (R) - Candidate for ID State House - Dist. 5, Pos. B - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ken DeVries (R) - Candidate for ID State House - Dist. 5, Pos. B

Ken DeVries (R) is running for Idaho State House of Representatives - District 5, Position B Ken DeVries (R) is running for Idaho State House of Representatives - District 5, Position B

Political Party: Republican
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Biology, Cal. State Northridge
Spouse: Yvonne De Vries, Married 25 years in September
Religion: Christian
Date of Birth: 11/18/59

Background: Self employed Software Consultant.


Please describe your top 5 priorities if elected State Representative, District 5, Position B

 
In no particular order...

 - Create a business friendly atmosphere in Idaho. With the economic slump, including job loss and income reductions, we need to do everything possible to make Idaho the number one place in the country for business. This means reducing tax and regulatory burdens.

 - Defend individual liberty and State Sovereignty. Renegade federal agencies such as the EPA are undermining our ability to use our land and resources to the benefit of the citizens of Idaho. It's time the State of Idaho stopped being a victim of federal bullying.

 - Reform Education. I stand with Superintendent Tom Luna and support his efforts at education reform. Our students deserve to have the finest technology and the best opportunities. The tax payers deserve to get the biggest bang for their education dollar and teachers must be rewarded financially for their hard work. Opposition to the Luna reforms come mostly from big labor unions who have no genuine interest in either the students or education in general. Idaho must provide a future work force that is ready for jobs in the new millennium.

 - I would like to work to regain control of the 60% of Idaho that is now occupied and controlled by the federal government. The Constitution of the United States does not allow for control of land in this manner and on this scale by the federal government. One only need to travel the state of Idaho to see that the citizens of Idaho can manage land and resources far better than bureaucrats in Washington D.C. Local control means better management, better jobs, better funding for education, better sportsman activities and a better economy for Idaho's citizens. It also means better accountability to the citizens of Idaho.

 - With the federal government spending money we don't have and borrowing 42 cents on every dollar it spends, federal assistance in its various forms is unsustainable and has already become unreliable. Idaho must work toward fiscal independence. This means managing our own resources, providing our own jobs and paying our own way.