Small Business Endorses 81 Candidates for Idaho Legislature

Date: September 23, 2020

Bipartisan list includes incumbents, challengers, and candidates running for open seats

Contact: Suzanne Budge, Idaho State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 23, 2020—The political action arm for Idaho’s voice of small business today announced its endorsed candidates for the Idaho State Senate and Idaho House of Representatives.

“Every candidate claims to be a friend of small business, but we can’t rely on words alone, so we base our endorsements for incumbents on their voting records and carefully vet challengers and candidates running in open seats on their responses to our questionnaire,” said Suzanne Budge, Idaho state director for NFIB.

The endorsements announced today were made by the NFIB ID PAC and for incumbents based on a 70-percent-or-better, pro-small-business voting record on seven bills during the 2019 and 2020 sessions of the Idaho Legislature, and on one issue specific to the Senate. Forty-nine incumbents had perfect, 100 percent voting record scores. Scores on the questionnaire submitted by candidates running in open seats and challengers ranged from 80 percent to 100 percent.

The endorsed candidates are:
(asterisk denotes nonincumbent; NFIB member in bold)

D# Seat First Name Last Name City
1 S Jim Woodward Sagle
1 H-A Heather Scott Blanchard
1 H-B Sage  Dixon  Ponderay
2 S Steve Vick Dalton Gardens
2 H-A Vito Barbieri Dalton Gardens
3 H-A Ron Mendive Couer d’Alene
3 H-B Tony Wisniewski Post Falls
4 S Mary Souza Couer d’Alene
4 H-A Jim Addis Coeur d’Alene
4 H-B Paul Amador Coeur d’Alene
5 S David Nelson Moscow
5 H-A Brandon Mitchell* Moscow
5 H-B Caroline Troy Genessee
6 S Dan Johnson Lewiston
6 H-B Mike Kingsley Lewiston
7 S Carl Crabtree Grangeville
7 H-A Priscilla Giddings White Bird
7 H-B Charlie Shepherd* Riggins
8 S Steven Thayn Emmett
8 H-A Terry Gestrin Donnelly 
8 H-B Dorothy Moon Stanley
9 S Abby Lee Fruitland
9 H-A Ryan Kerby  New Plymouth
9 H-B Judy Boyle Midvale
10 S Jim Rice Caldwell
10 H-A Julie Yamamoto* Caldwell
10 H-B Greg Chaney Caldwell
11 S Patti Anne Lodge Huston
11 H-A Scott Syme Caldwell
11 H-B Tammy Nichols Middleton
12 S Todd Lakey Nampa
12 H-A Bruce Skaug* Nampa
12 H-B Rick Youngblood Nampa
13 S Jeff Agenbroad Nampa
13 H-A Brent Crane Nampa
14 S C. Scott Grow Eagle
14 H-A Mike Moyle Star
14 H-B Gayann DeMordaunt Eagle
15 S Fred Martin Boise
15 H-A Patrick McDonald* Boise
16 H-A John McCrostie Boise 
18 S Janie Ward-Engelking Boise
20 S Chuck Winder Boise
20 H-A Joe Palmer Meridian
20 H-B James Holtzclaw Meridian
21 S Regina Bayer Meridian
21 H-A Steven Harris Meridian
22 S Lori DenHartog Meridian
22 H-A John Vander Woude Nampa
22 H-B Jason Monks Meridian
23 H-A Matthew Bundy* Mountain Home
23 H-B Megan Blanksma Hammett
24 S Lee Heider Twin Falls
24 H-A Lance Clow Twin Falls
24 H-B Linda Wright Hartgen Twin Falls
25 S Jim Patrick Twin Falls
25 H-A Laurie Lickley Jerome
25 H-B Clark Kauffman Filer
26 S Michelle Stennett Ketchum
26 H-B William Thorpe* Bliss
27 S Kelly Anthon Burley
27 H-A Scott Bedke Oakley
27 H-B Fred Wood Burley
28 S Jim Guthrie McCammon
28 H-A Randy Armstrong Inkom
28 H-B Kevin Andrus Lava Hot Springs
29 S Mark Nye Pocatello
29 H-B James Ruchti* Pocatello
30 H-A Gary Marshall Idaho Falls
30 H-B Wendy Horman Idaho Falls
31 S Steven Bair Blackfoot
31 H-B Julianne Young Blackfoot
32 S Mark Harris Soda Springs
32 H-A Marc Gibbs Grace
32 H-B Chad Christensen Ammon
33 S Dave Lent Idaho Falls
33 H-A Barbara Ehardt Idaho Falls
33 H-B Marco Erickson* Idaho Falls
34 S Doug Ricks Rexburg
35 S Van Burtenshaw Terreton
35 H-B Rod Furniss Rigby

Keep up with the latest on Idaho small business at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_ID

For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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