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.
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!