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Idaho House candidates emphasize education

Oct. 29 – Lori McCann was initially disappointed when the 2011 redistricting split Nez Perce County and moved most of Lewiston into the new 7th Legislative District.

The move stripped much of her base — not just voters, but friends she had known for years as a businesswoman and a teacher at Lewis-Clark State College.

However, as she got to know the new 6th Legislative District, McCann is happy with what she sees.

“At first I had a little meltdown because I’ve been in Lewiston for 50 years,” she told a recent Moscow Chamber of Commerce voter forum. “But as I traveled around Latah County and met some great people here, I feel so blessed. My background fits perfectly with the needs of District 6.”

McCann was appointed to the 6th District House A seat last year, following the resignation of Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger.

At the time, the district included all of Nez Percé and Lewis counties. As a result of the redistricting process, it now includes all of Latah and Lewis counties, plus North Lewiston, part of the Lewiston Orchards, and the northeast half of Nez Perce County.

McCann takes on Lapwai Democrat Patricia Carter-Goodheart in the Nov. 8 general election.

Carter-Goodheart could not be reached by phone and did not respond to several emails seeking comment. She is a replacement candidate on the ballot, nominated in August after Moscow Democrat Jamal Kingsley Lyksett withdrew from the race.

In a press release announcing her candidacy, Carter-Goodheart described herself as a community fundraiser and stay-at-home mom. She is married with two young children, and is a member of the Nez Percé tribe.

She said she was running “to advocate for better representation to meet the unique needs of not only her community, but the needs of everyone in the district.”

“I have dedicated my life to advocacy and volunteerism to serve my community (and) build the best future I want for my children and their children,” Carter-Goodheart said. “It’s going to take more than making requests from the touchline. It requires having a seat at the table.”

She cited early learning and K-12 education as two of her top priorities, along with transportation and broadband infrastructure, lowering property taxes and improving the health care system. Idaho foster care.

She has served on the board of the National Indian Child Welfare Association since 2008, focusing on legislative and policy decisions, as well as fundraising and program development.

More information about Carter-Goodheart is available on its website at trishforidaho.com.

Like his Democratic opponent, McCann has cited public education as one of his passions.

She served on the House Education Committee in the 2022 legislative session, as well as Agriculture and Commerce Affairs and Human Resources.

“It was a learning session,” McCann said of his first full year in the Legislative Assembly. “One session isn’t enough time to get a lot done, and I want to get things done. I’m very solution-oriented – when there’s a problem, let’s see what needs to be done. I won’t be unhappy with my performance if I can’t accomplish some of these things.”

The list of issues she would like to work on includes strengthening vocational training opportunities for high school students. This could involve changing the funding formula, so that rural students can take classes at the new Lewiston Career and Technical Center at no financial cost to their home districts.

“Funding is based on (attendance), and several superintendents have told me they can’t afford to send students to Lewiston,” McCann said. “It’s something I want to focus on. We have such an opportunity for Lewiston to become a career regional technical hub.”

She would also like to tackle the “alcohol licensing conundrum,” which she says is hampering economic development by driving up the cost of licensing so much that restaurants and entertainment venues can no longer operate. profitably.

Lawmakers in both parties have worked on the issue for decades, without success. McCann wants to meet with all the different stakeholders to see if a solution can be worked out.

“In my opinion, the State of Idaho created this mess and we need to fix it,” she said.

McCann runs a cattle operation and a commercial real estate business with her husband. She thinks that experience, combined with her 15 years teaching at Lewis-Clark State College, makes her the best choice for voters.

“Experience matters,” McCann said. “I have over 45 years of experience running a small business, running a cattle ranch, plus 15 years of teaching. I have the skills to help District 6 overcome the challenges we face.”

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Lori McCann

Age: 61 years old.

Office wanted: Seat A of the 6th Legislative District of Idaho.

Political Party Affiliation: Republican.

Occupation: Runs a cattle ranch and real estate business with her husband; taught at Lewis-Clark State College for 15 years and has 44 years of experience as a paralegal and legal assistant.

Education: Degree in Education from the University of Idaho.

Family situation: Married, four children.

Past or current elected positions: incumbent; appointed to the position in May 2021.

Website or social network: lorimccannforidaho.com.