Lori McCann

Candidate for State Representative Legislative District 6 A

Greetings! I have lived in Idaho for almost 50 years. I am a graduate of the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Education. My husband, Bill, Jr., and I have 4 children and 11 grandchildren, all of whom I adore. I have worked along-side my husband for 44 years to run their law practice, their corporation that consists of a cattle ranch, commercial real estate development and a partnership that includes commercial and residential rentals. In addition to my work in the legal field, and running our family businesses, I spent over 15 years teaching Paralegal and Legal Assistant students at Lewis Clark State College, in Lewiston.

I believe in hard work and will not shy away from getting the job done. I am a hands-on cattlewoman, driving a semi to haul hay, or move cattle from town to the mountain pastures. I am the family’s chief brander and work along with my family to get the ranching duties done. In addition to my busy day-to-day life, I am completing my 1st term as a Representative in the Idaho House. I serve on the Education, Commerce and Human Resources, and Agricultural Affairs Committees. It has been a great honor to serve the people.

In addition, I serve as the President of the Foundation Board for Lewis Clark State College, am a member of the Board of Directors of Idaho Business for Education and am a member of the Board for the Idaho Community Foundation.

I am a past President of the Idaho Association of Legal Professionals, and past National Director for the National Association of Legal professionals.

My background in the legal field, in education, in agriculture, and in business, will allow me to work directly in all of these areas to find practical solutions to the problems that directly affect the lives of those living, working, and raising families in one of the most beautiful areas of our State, District 6. With your help, my practical, common-sense, hard work approach to finding solutions, along with my proven leadership skills, I will work tirelessly to serve the people of Idaho and in particular, those in District 6.

I will stand with you and will not allow my fundamental values to be compromised by outside interests when making decisions for you…YOU deserve better than that and I can say with confidence, that I will be a voice of reason, a voice that will listen, and a voice that will fight for Stronger Agriculture, Stronger Education, and Stronger Business policies, all for a Stronger Idaho.

TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Real Property Taxes:  As I have talked with people around the State, the #1 issue that comes up is that of Idaho’s Property Tax Structure. The 3-legged stool as they say is about to topple. We simply cannot sustain the track we are on. We continually ask our property owners to take on more and more, which has pushed us to the breaking point. Property owners need relief. We cannot simply shift the burden to the other legs of the stool, or we will topple in another direction. We MUST bring the stakeholders to the table and find practical, sensible, and affordable solutions to this problem. If we work collaboratively, listen to one another, and dig deep, I know we can find these solutions. I understand this problem, I am a property owner like many of you, and know the struggles we all face. Together, we can make a difference!

Growth:  Idaho has seen the fastest growth in the Country over the last 2 years. While this can be seen both as a blessing and a curse, we MUST address this growth and how it is affecting our agriculture lands, our water supply, and our schools. With ag lands depleting with every new subdivision coming in to accommodate the growing populations in the North, South and Eastern portions of our state, we must take the time to address how we balance the needs of growth to the need to protect our farm lands, our natural resources, including water usage, and building adequate schools to fit the needs of our growing populations. With my experiences in Agriculture, Education, and Business, I have the background and knowledge to be a player at the table to figure out strategies for our great State moving forward. There is no single answer to this problem, and it will take many individuals willing to work together to find common ground, to find the right solutions for all of Idaho. Together, we can make a difference!

Education Issues:  There are many issues that surround our education system and I look forward to working with our “New” Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, and others to help strengthen that which is good and fix that which may be broken.  I will list 3 of the issues surrounding education that are very important and which I have been working on.

  1. Career and Technical Education: We need to strengthen Idaho’s CTE opportunities for our high school students.  Every School District should have programs and pathways for their students.  If we can get more students engaged and excited for their future careers, whether it be in diesel mechanics, HVAC systems, hotel restaurant management, auto body, graphic design, healthcare positions, or robotics, to name just a few, we will build our state a pipeline of skilled workers ready to enter the workforce right out of high school or to go on for additional course work in their chosen fields.  It is imperative that we find ways to grow our own and keep them in our State.
  2. Education Choice:   Idaho has done a good job offering public education choices for its families.  We have traditional schools, Charter Schools, Magnet Schools, and Online Schools, among others.  If these options do not work for a family, we MUST find ways to build partnerships with parents to find the option that will work best.  I believe strongly in public education but understand that it does not always work for every student.  If Idaho is to grow its “Educational Choices” such as an Educational Savings Account or a Voucher program, we MUST find ways that will ensure public education is left intact for the thousands of students who have been very successful in their educational journeys, and we must ensure that the future of Public Education is secure going forward.  We have a Constitutional obligation to educate our children, and I take that very seriously.
  3. Other Parental Issues: I want to work with the parents in District 6 who are having problems with their local schools.  Together, I know we can come up with solutions.  I am hearing from some parents that they are unhappy with their District’s ability to protect their children from having certain materials available in their school libraries, or to allow young children to be subjected to older students of the opposite gender that choose to share the same bathroom.   These are issues that MUST BE ADDRESSED.  I am confident that if we can sit down and have a conversation, that we can make a difference.  I am willing to have these difficult conversations with you and will go to the School District on your behalf to find solutions.

 

There has never been a more important time in Idaho’s political history than NOW to get involved in the process. With the many out of state interests we are seeing and the sharp extremists, IDAHO needs you more than ever to grab your family and friends and come to the polls to vote. Idaho is at a political crossroads. It is imperative that we elect practical, common sense REPUBLICANS, who will advocate for Idaho’s kids through a strong education system; those who will fight for our deep-rooted history in strong agriculture and natural resources, those who will continually look for ways to strengthen our business sector and those who will fight to keep our Idaho way of life. I am one of those Legislators who does stand strong for a better Idaho! A vote for Lori McCann is a vote for Stronger Education, Stronger Agriculture, and Stronger Business, all for a Stronger Idaho! Together, we will make a difference!

 

Responded Yes to “I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”
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