George Eskridge

George Eskridge
Legislative District 1 - Representative, Position B, incumbent

Age: 63

City of residence: Dover

Years of residence in Bonner County and Idaho: Approximately 28 years of residence in Dover plus 5 years of residence in Boise for a total of 33 years as a resident of Idaho.

Marital status/family: Married to Jenise I. (Stilwell) Eskridge. We have two sons, Perry and Jimmy, daughters-in-law, Krisann and Amy, and grandsons, Taylor and Jordan.

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Why are you running for public office?

I am currently in my third term as State Legislator for District 1. I am running for a fourth term because:

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

The Idaho Legislature is a Citizen Legislature and as such each member of the legislature serves on a part time basis; most have other employment (as do I) in their district. Given this, I do (and will continue to), spend many hours each week on legislative issues. Aside from the legislative session that takes place each year on a full time basis from January through most of March (sometimes longer), I currently spend as much as half and more of my week on legislative work, including responding to Constituent issues, interim committee assignments and service on regional and national committees that involve Idaho issues.

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: Property tax is the number one issue for many residents in our district. The current system of using market values to determine property tax in a fast growing area such as Bonner County (and to a lesser extent Boundary County) is creating a financial hardship for property owners whose income is not keeping pace with the market value of their property. We need to “fix” the current system to make it more equitable for all.
  2. Education: We owe all our children the opportunity to achieve a quality education that prepares them for a highly competitive post-school environment. This requires that we fund our education system not only with the dollars necessary, but that we account for those dollars to insure that our limited “tax-payers dollars” are spent effectively and efficiently.  It is not so much of a question of how many dollars we are spending on education, but rather a question of how those dollars are spent and what results are we getting for those dollars!
  3. Energy: We have essentially reached the limits of our low-cost hydroelectric energy capability. We need to develop a state energy policy that provides a diversified energy resource, including use of renewable energy resources.
  4. Transportation: We need to continue our work improving our northern Idaho state highway system, especially Hwy. 95 that connects our state north to south.
  5. Water: Our state waters are a major economic resource for our state. We need to continue pursuing solutions to our water rights issues and continue finding ways to protect our northern water resources for the benefit of Idaho, given the competition for these resources by downstream interests.

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

I take my responsibilities as a state legislator seriously and spend a large amount of time working on legislative issues.  I encourage and listen to constituent input and work hard to help constituents in their interaction with state agencies. I serve on the legislative committees on Finance and Appropriations, Resources and Conservation and Energy and Environment, all three committees of importance to North Idaho. I also serve on regional and national committees that are important to Idaho economic and energy interests. I am an active and effective legislator and work hard to serve our District One citizens.