It’s official! I have filed to run for Senate.
David Nelson, local businessman and political activist, filed candidacy paperwork with the Idaho secretary of state on February 27th.
“Benewah and Latah counties need a state senator who goes to Boise with ideas that represent the values of our district,” he said. “I am excited to be a senator who can support the University of Idaho in Moscow and responsible logging access in St. Maries. Our current senator voted against $670 million dollars in higher education funding that directly affects the University of Idaho. Thankfully, he was nearly alone on every vote. I will be a supporter of higher education.”
Since November, when Nelson announced his intention to run for State Senate, he has spent time visiting with voters throughout Benewah and Latah Counties to learn about their needs.
“In St. Maries, I learned about the need to reduce large override levies. St. Maries and many of our communities approve override levies to fund basic education. Instead of cutting income tax, the state needs to better fund education so our communities can reduce their override levies and local property taxes,” Nelson said.
“Visiting with the Genesee school board, I learned about their success with all-day kindergarten and their new pre-kindergarten program,” Nelson said. “I was impressed the community values this well enough to fund it locally and through fees. I feel programs like this should have more help from the state, rather than placing the burden on small communities. Now, only well-off communities can afford them and they have such positive learning outcomes for the children.”
Nelson said University of Idaho students told him about how hard it is to get through college without loans and the negative impact those loans has on their future. “My daughters both recently completed college and their experience shows me good paying jobs post college are hard to find. I am glad we were able to help them avoid having the burden of student loans to payoff.”
Nelson, 57, was born in Moscow and graduated from Genesee High School and the University of Idaho in chemical engineering. He worked for Chevron in Richmond, Calif., for eight years before he and his boss left to start a software company that grew from two people to more than 50. Nelson and his wife Nancy returned to Idaho in 1997 to raise their two daughters in Moscow, and to be closer to his wheat ranching family in Genesee.
“Idaho has always felt like home to me, but the strident voice of the far-right is making Idaho feel very different from the state I grew up in,” Nelson said. “We used to hear the voices of everyone, both Republican and Democrat. Now, loud voices from the edge of the political spectrum are drowning everyone else out. That isn’t how we treat people when we walk down Main Street in the towns we live in. It shouldn’t be how we treat people in the statehouse either.”