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Paul Shepherd (R) - Candidate for ID State House - Dist. 7, Pos. B

Paul Shepherd (R) is running for Idaho State House of Representatives - District 7, Position B Paul Shepherd (R) is running for Idaho State House of Representatives - District 7, Position B

Political Party: Republican
Education: Attended Boise High School, Boise Jr. College
Religion:
Date of Birth: 12/21/1942
 

BACKGROUND:

• Age 69 Birth date 12/21/1942 Third generation Idahoan

• Attended Boise High School, Boise Jr. College

• Married to Jr. High sweetheart Dawn, July 27, 1960

• Raised nine children 6 sons/3 daughters. Our 3 daughters are teachers
and coaches. We have 2 sons in construction, 2 sons are our partners in
Shepherd Sawmill & Log Homes, INC, 1 son is a partner in a law firm, and
1 son is a Lieutenant in the Ada Co Sherriff's Dept. To date we have 40
grandchildren, 15 great grand-children.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

• Raised in the families logging/sawmill business

• Started my own business 1965 (Shepherd & Sons Logging) at 23 yrs of
age in Stanley, ID, 1971 moved sawmill to Garden Valley, ID, developed
a retail building supply store, started a sub-division, started business
constructing log homes.

• Lived in the Riggins/Pollock area since 1984 during which we owned
and operated, sold the Riggins Motel and the Seven Devils Steak House.
Moved and set up the sawmill.

• Presently self-employed as partner Shepherd Sawmill & Log Homes, INC

CIVIC ACTIVITIES:

• Director Salmon River Chamber of Commerce

• Director Salmon River Cowboy Association

• Director Riggins Gem Committee

 - Director Riggins Salmon River Jet Boat Committee


PUBLIC OFFICES HELD:

• Garden Valley School Board

• City Councilman Crouch

• City Councilman Riggins

• Boise County Republican Chairman

• Idaho County Republican State Committeeman

DO YOU PRESENTLY HOLD A PUBLIC OFFICE?

• Yes

• Serving 4th term (8 Yrs.) as State Representative for District 8
Position B

• Due to re-districting my district will be District 7 Position B

• All 8 yrs I held this office I served on the Committee's of Health and
Welfare, Education, and Resources & Conservation

The major reasons I am seeking re-election are to continue to have a voice in the shaping of laws and the direction our State government takes. To many times government is usurping our family and individual responsibilities and rights. I want to defend and support our traditional Christian values and culture. Following are issues that are of a concern to me:

• Private property rights (land and water)

• Supports Idaho State management of Federal public lands for
multiple uses.

• Maintaining all accesses to public lands and water

• Opposes the locking up of our public lands

• 2nd Amendment rights (no gun control)

• Returning to resource based economy (mining, logging, agriculture
and recreation)

• Fiscal accountability in Idaho

• Less government intrusion into private affairs and enterprise

• Opposition to wolves

• Informed citizen participation in government

• Pro-Life

GROUPS/ORGANIZATIONS

The various County Republican Committees' will be actively helping me
in the general election as I do not have a primary election challenge. I will
hope to involve any organization related to the resources industries as
well as any hunting/fishing organization. In past elections Pro-Life, NRA
and the Farm Bureau has helped.


MAJOR ISSUES FACING IDAHO

Fuel prices, excessive over regulations by the EPA, DEQ, and other
governmental agencies both Federal and State. I believe we have too
many Federal/State overlapping agencies.


VISION OF IDAHO AGRICULTURE IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS

The good demand for farm products and good prices make me optimistic
that Idaho agriculture will remain strong and productive.

WATER RIGHTS

Water rights must be protected. Our priority doctrine must not be
weakened.

SUPER MAJORITY REQUIRED TO PASS BONDS

I support super majority to pass bonds.

PROPERTY TAXES

Property taxes should be used for government costs incurred by the
property owners and their proportional share of other valid government
costs. Property taxes should be tied to purchase price of that property
and then adjusted only when that property is resold.

CONTROLLING STATE GOVERNMENT SPENDING

State spending should be in balance with revenue, not spending on
nonessential purposes of government, only on what is proper role of
government.

FURTHER COMMENTS OF WHY I AM RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION:

"The livelihood of the citizen of District 7 is dependent on a wisely
balanced and continued use of our basic resources- Agriculture,
Lumbering, Mining and Recreation. 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
towards this balance."

As never before the Federal Government is exerting powerful mandates
onto State governments further infringing on citizens individual rights
and plunging our future generations into a morass of debt. Government
bureaucracy and regulations 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. I believe the best
chance to affect improvement in the Federal Government is through a
strong States Rights Movement.

Citizens are demanding government at all levels be effective and efficient.
As a State Legislator I take those two words as a guide line when
contemplating any legislation that is introduced. Now is still not the time
to increase taxes, fees, or regulations.