Jim Ramsey

Jim Ramsey
Democrat
Legislative District 1 - Senator

Residence: Bonner County

Years of residence in Bonner County and Idaho: 10 years (Bonner), 2 years (Boise)

Marital status/family: Married

Contact information: wampuscat@imbris.com

Website: RamseyForIdahoSenate.com

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Why are you running for public office?

I believe Idaho deserves a two-party system allowing discussion of important issues that affect our daily lives. We need open communications between our elected officials and the people who elect them. And I believe we need to take our government out of the hands of big business groups and return it to the hard working middle class people of our district.

If you are elected, how much time will you spend each week in the office?

As much as it takes to do the job as effectively as I can.

Describe the top three to five issues you believe are most important, why you consider them most important, and your position on these issues.

  1. Property tax relief for Idaho residents who live in their own homes. This can be done effectively without a 20% increase in the sales tax. Renters and homeowners alike should not be penalized with a tax on groceries. In the long term, we need a freeze on assessed valuations at the purchase price plus a one or two percent increase for inflation.
  2. We  need to raise our minimum wage from the current $5.15 per hour. This is necessary to enable young people and other workers to make a livable wage and also keep people from fleeing across state borders for higher wages. It would help raise other wages and put more money back into the economy.
  3. Affordable health care. We need to help the thousands of residents in our district who do not have health insurance afford medical care. A cooperative effort is needed between businesses, state and local governments, and volunteers to solve this problem.
  4. Preserving our clean air and water and the priceless outdoor recreational opportunities we have in our area. Idaho public land is not for sale.
  5. Making sure our schools are adequately funded, that class sizes are reduced, and that we retain qualified teachers.

What differentiates you from other candidates? Why should people vote for you?

As a former Air Force fighter pilot, I will fight to ensure that veterans receive the benefits they deserve. As a former journalist, who covered state legislatures in Idaho and Colorado,  I understand how these bodies work, and I will investigate and get to the bottom of issues. With experience in large and small businesses (my own) I can understand their problems as well.