This election cycle brings us opportunities which Twin Falls has not seen in many years. It is the opportunity for us to impact statewide races. It is the opportunity to elect a Democratic county commissioner.
These opportunities require an incredible amount of volunteer time and effort. Please consider volunteering your time to campaigns. It is our time and talent that will lead to the success of Democratic candidates in both Twin Falls county, and the state.
This is also the opportunity to build our local organization. Please come to the county caucus to be held May 5 at Pandora's. Run for delegate to the state convention. The state convention will have training for candidates and volunteers, and the opportunity to meet people who have already navigated these waters.
Twin Falls county organization continues to grow. We have 31 precinct captains on the ballot for May 25. Since the filing date, Dane Higdem has volunteered to be precinct captain in Kimberly 1. Our pledge fund is near $500 per month, thanks to over 40 individuals who make a monthly donation to the party. This allows the party to concentrate on volunteer efforts rather than fund raising efforts.
Candidates for county commissioner:
Gary Eller was born in Twin Falls. He joined the Marine Corp, serving as a rifleman in the 1st Marine Division, I Corps, Republic of Viet Nam. He retired from the Army in 1998 in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. Previous assignments consisted of both conventional Infantry and Special Operations Forces command and staff positions. Following his retirement he returned to Idaho to build a house and to try his hand as a small rancher. Concurrently, he taught high school government, history and economic classes at Buhl High School for a period of three years. He is married to the former Janet Gott from Kimberly, and has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Bill Shropshire was born in Dover, Delaware and moved to Idaho in 1972. He has worked for Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging for 37 years. He was elected to Idaho State AFL-CIO board for 25 years and to CLC Twin Falls 20 years, elected officer of local union since 1976. Bill is married to Pamela M Gabardi of Buhl. They have two boys and six grandkids.
"I have always been active in trying to improve life in the areas I live and for the workers I represent. I have been on local boards, church's, Habitat for Humanity, Private Industry Council, and several times on the Democrats central committee." Bill ran for county commissioner in 1998 and only lost by 180 votes out of 17,000.
Thursday, April 15, the CSI College Democrats sponsored Keith Allred at the CSI Fine Arts Building. Betty Slifer, the group's advisor, tells us about 200 attended the event. Thanks to Dean and his fellow College Democrats for a great event.
We are working to bring Keith Allred to the attention of the voters of Twin Falls County. If you can helps, you can contact the campaign directly at www.allredforidaho.com or our local contact Brooke Baldwin at email@example.com. We are looking for people to host house parties, to help host parties, and later in the summer there will be other opportunities for various volunteer work.
Dr. Stan Olson for Idaho State Superintendent (facebook page with that title.) In his 37 years in education, Olson has been a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, school consultant and facilitator in the fields of educational leadership and school community relations, as well as a superintendent. He will retire as Boise's superintendent of schools in June.
Bill Chisholm is running against Steve Hartgen. Let's do everything we can to assist Bill in this race.
Living Liberally will host the Democratic Caucus at their regular meeting the first Wednesday of the month, May 5 at 7:00 at Pandora's. Delegates chosen at this meeting will be eligible to attend the Democratic Convention to be held in Worley, ID June 11 and 12. The state convention offers candidate and volunteer training and a chance to meet other volunteers and party members from around the state.
The next regular meeting of the Twin Falls County Democratic Party Central Committee will be held on May 26 at 7:00 pm at Pandora's. This meeting is the organizational meeting for legislative district 23 and 24 and the county organizational meeting. Election of county officers, committeeman, and committeewoman will be held.
Twin Falls County Democratic Central Committee will host our summer picnic on July 18 at 4:00 pm at Centennial Park. Please put this on your calendar!!