Candidate Statement - Joyce Broadsword
Running for Bonner County Commissioner, 1st District (Rep.)
There are several differences between my opponent and me. I have proven my leadership abilities in the State Senate. The biggest difference between us is the experience I would bring to the position. My years in the state legislature have prepared me to address the complex issues and needs of our citizens. For the last six years, I have been an active member of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, giving me firsthand experience in budget setting and cost cutting during tough economic times. I have been a good steward of the taxpayer’s dollars — spearheading the elimination of programs which were either duplicative or no longer viable. While serving as Vice Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee over the past eight years, my duties included chairing the meetings during rules review for the first several weeks of each session. I have served on a number of different committees, gaining knowledge and understanding of a vast array of issues.
The contacts and good working relationships I have developed with state and federal agency folks, our constitutional officers, state legislators, and our federal delegation could be of great benefit to our county. I have a proven track record of working with diverse groups to find common sense solutions to complex problems. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Idaho in the senate, and I look forward to serving the citizens of Bonner County should my campaign be successful.
As a small business owner for over 34 years, I understand the issues faced by those trying to scratch out a living in a rural community. My family has been in Bonner County for over 100 years. Both my husband and I and our three children were born here; we love this area and want it to be viable for our three grandchildren, if they decide to stay here to raise their future families.
- Courtesy River Journal