How Democrats will Take Down Smaller Towns in Idaho

Progressive Democrats in Idaho are mobilizing in rapid fashion to turn Idaho “blue.”

Many of our larger cities have already turned blue or are in the process.

Sadly, this is the same result in many other states. The leftists move to the urban areas and it is those urban areas that end up controlling a state.

However, we do know that Democrats also take over smaller towns because most states don’t have laws requiring party disclosure in city elections.

In “deep-red” states like Idaho, Democrats don’t have a chance at winning many state legislative races. There are a number of districts they control but stand little chance outside of their strongholds.

As a result, many of them resort to running for local offices like city council, mayor, or school board.

Idaho requires transparency from candidates on party affiliation for state legislative races, county commissioners, assessors, and even the coroner. That’s right, the person whose sole job is to say whether someone is deceased or not, has to declare their party affiliation.

Unfortunately, city elected officials are exempt from this transparency.

Progressive Democrats are exploiting this loophole. This is something that needs to be remedied before it’s too late.

Democrats in Idaho have admitted that they like our elections because we don’t require party disclosure. 

Former House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding told one news outlet, “In nonpartisan races, when we’re not saddled with the ‘D,’ when we are able to run on our values, we have tremendous success in elections.”

And he isn’t the only one with that mindset.

You may remember Evangeline Beechler, the Democrat State Party Chairman, who was caught on video saying they like local elections because they can “hide” their identity.

Beechler even tried to run for city office her self in Caldwell. She was crushed in that race after Caldwell voters found out who she really was.

However, we can’t sit back and hope that is the result in every election.

In speaking to one legislator during the 2020 Idaho legislative session, I heard one particularly disturbing story.

The legislator said that one of their towns was run by an admitted communist!

The individual apparently is the mayor of a small town in Idaho with just over 1,000 people. Because we have not verified this information independently, we don’t want to post the name of the individual.

Sadly, this wasn’t the only legislator to tell us they have very liberal people running their town.

Another legislator in a different part of the state said one of their city council members was liberal. That town only was also small.

The solution to this problem is to require party disclosure in city elections.

This issue is really about candidate transparency. Voters have a right to know who they are electing.

Therefore, during the legislative session, we worked with Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) to draft a bill to require disclosure in city elections.

Several legislators had asked that the threshold for town size be set around 1,000 people. Apparently, there are enough towns in Idaho with 30 people and party disclosure may make it more difficult.

So, during the 2020 Idaho legislative session, we worked to draft legislation that would require party affiliation disclosure in city elections with towns/cities of 1,000 people or more.

Below you will see an image of the draft legislation that we had completed.

Now, we are working with legislators to gauge their interest in making this legislation become law in Idaho.

Additionally, we polled Idahoans on our Facebook page about this issue. We asked them if they felt knowing the party affiliation of city candidates would be useful information.

Over 94% said it would be useful!

The bill is likely going to face strong opposition from the Idaho Democrat Party for obvious reasons. It takes away their ability to “hide” in local elections.

Finally, the Idaho Association of Cities is likely to oppose the bill.

Some people are going to claim how you run a city doesn’t matter based on party affiliation.

Does anyone really believe the city of Seattle is the same as the city of Emmett?

Or, what about the city of Sandpoint which is run by a radical leftist mayor? Their city council spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on 54 trashcans!

In conclusion, Idahoans need to have this information transparent for our elections.

What do you think?

Do you support requiring party affiliation disclosure in city elections? Let us know in the comments below.

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25 thoughts on “How Democrats will Take Down Smaller Towns in Idaho

  1. Michael Johnson Reply

    I absolutely support the requirement to disclose party affiliation in any election within the state of Idaho!

    • Connie Freeman Reply

      I absolutely desire transparency of knowing the party affiliation of all candidates.

      • Sonja Strong Reply

        I completely support the need for revealing party affiliation. I always want to know who is going to be running my community.

  2. Gary Dale Reply

    Yes, I support this! Please show the way to make it happen.

    Thank you Greg

  3. Joshua Krasch Reply

    I completely both agree and support the requirement to disclose party affiliation for any and all elections in Idaho. Furthermore, I think it would be good to have candidates sign a pledge to uphold the second amendment and protect and uphold all Idahoan values. We need to start holding those elected responsible

  4. Nancy Lane Reply

    Thank you . I support disclosing party affiliation. I also support the voter pamphlet that was dropped several years ago with PRO and CON arguments for why a certain Bill should be voted upon. Can we also bring that back???????

  5. Steve McAtee Reply

    Is there an online petition we can sign and send to state legislators? In our last election in Lewiston, I questioned one particular candidate and he just talked around it, I told him nevermind, I have my answer. He lost but others who tried to hide their affiliation won.

    • ReNae Eddings Reply

      I totally agree that FULL disclosure should be required when running for ANY public office! I also agree with having them sign an agreement to uphold the Constitution of the United States and also the Idaho constitution!! These individuals should be made aware that they WILL be held accountable!!

  6. Ryan Johnson Reply

    I fully support full disclosure of party affiliations in city elections. Voters need to know who they are voting for. This will help reduce the ability of candidates to “sweet” talk their way into office with lies and misdirection.

  7. Marilee Walker Reply

    I also want the party disclosed! So frightening what can happen to this beautiful state!

  8. Colleen Whitsell Reply

    I have always thought that city candidates should show their party affiliation.

  9. Lucy Cerra Reply

    If you are running for a public office your affiliations should also be public. If we the public are paying your salary, we, the public, have a right to know who we are employing.

  10. Aaron Surprenant Reply

    Absolutely, this shouldnt even be a question. And I also Believe they should take an oath of office to uphold both the Constitution, State Constitution, and the law. Im running for Boundary County Commissioner and thankfully you have to disclose your party affiliation in order to run for this position. We have a Democrat trying to sneak in as a Republican. He was a Democrat for decades and was even in the state legislature at one point as a Democrat. After getting beat he ran here for commisioner as a Dem, then an Independent and now as a Republican. Luckily he hasnt fooled anybody.

  11. Kevin Vann Reply

    What makes Idaho different is that it is free from the excesses of bloated government, and over reaching Democrat shills, that have permeated, our neighbors to the west, Oregon and Washington! Those states have been infested by the same liberals that have turned California into just another third world country, with a nanny state mentality…
    Give us your money, we know how best to distribute and spend it, better than the citizens, they treat their citizens like mindless children, Liberals think that they know the best ways to live your lives, than the citizens do! I wholly agree that party affiliation should be disclosed in all aspects of any candidate running for any office in the Great State of Idaho!

  12. Ranae miner Reply

    It does make a difference whose running any city because it’s how they spend their money

  13. Richard Hergert Reply

    Yes we need to know who we are voting for in all elections.

  14. Loni Blair Reply

    Absolutely! EACH AND EVERY election should be mandatory transparent on any affiliation. If its a position that is voted on, WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW the affiliation.
    The “D’s”, etc., dont want the public to know because IT DOES reflect their morals!
    YES! Affiliation MUST be required in any election, for any size town, or office! ABSOLUTELY!

  15. Mark Costello Reply

    I moved here 20yrs ago to escape the self centered left, once they get a foot hold they keep on until it’s ruined. Although a Dem can very easily register as a Republican. Need a bit of back ground checks and vetting for all Politicians how hold public office, even the dog catcher.

  16. Bonnie Carter Reply

    Whyever would someone be ashamed of or not want to announce their affiliation?

  17. Mark Broner Reply

    I was raised in Idaho. What a beautiful state. Everyone should know regardless of party. And at this point in this country. More so now than before. I know there is good and bad in everyone. But we as a society deserve too know. You work for the American people. If you are not forthrite to the people you will not be at your post either. A lie follows you for life

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