Born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, Rudy is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation and the son of a Mexican immigrant. He is the first person in his family to graduate from college. Rudy proudly served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard and continued his life in public service as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C. From Capitol Hill, he became the legislative director for the National Indian Gaming Association. Rudy is ready to bring his passion for public service back to Idaho, by serving in the United States House of Representatives.
Joining our Townhall will be our Valley County Democratic Candidates: Tony Moss, for County Commissioner and Serhiy Stavynskyy for County Prosecutor
Paulette Jordan is running for U.S. Senate to bring forward a more equitable healthcare system, to fight for our land, climate and economy, and to serve as a fiscally responsible Democrat in the U.S. Senate. Paulette has been a state legislature, candidate for Governor and a strong voice in the Native American community in Idaho and across the nation. Paulette is a mother of two young boys, and resides in Plummer, Idaho.
Joining our Townhall will be our Valley County Democratic Candidates: Tony Moss, for County Commissioner and Serhiy Stavynskyy for County Prosecutor.
We need help to call voters in Valley County from your home. More than 35% of all voters in Idaho are registered as unaffiliated, which makes it all the more important to reach out to this voter base. When we I.D. voters we are able to turn out democrats at election time.
A lot of volunteers ask, “How will this help Biden win” or “How are these calls effective in helping our local candidates win?” The answer is identifying new democrats to add to our base helps every Democratic candidate on the county, state, and national level. The more Democrats we identify, the more people we can call, text, canvass, or mail literature to the more successful our efforts will be in Idaho!
Morgan Hine, the Operations Director of the Idaho Democratic Party will lead the training. She will go over the script we use, the data base where we record the responses. and she will answer your questions.
At the end of the training we will set up a volunteer schedule for your calls from home. A few hours of your time can make a difference. If you want to make change this is one effective way you can do it.
The Idaho Democratic Party “Taco and Politics Tour” will be in McCall on Saturday , February 15th at 4 pm- 5:30 pm at Pueblo Lindo, 1007 W. Lake Street, McCall. Please join Maryann Jordan, Democratic Senate Minority Caucus Chair, who will discuss the 2020 Idaho legislative session and answer questions from the public.
Our Democratic Legislators want your input on the important issues facing Idahoans. Bring your questions, concerns and comments on the topics that matter most to you.
An early dinner and drinks will be available from the regular menu.
Happy New Year. Since my swearing in last January, I have been drinking through the firehose of all things Valley County. I have worked diligently to educate myself on the different departments within the county, county employees and their positions, and most importantly the daily business at the Courthouse and many responsibilities of a Commissioner.
During my first months as a Commissioner, I attended several Elected Official Training sessions put on by the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC), and attended their winter and fall conferences. When a new Commissioner is elected, the Commission does a review of committee assignments. These committees constitute a large portion of our Commissioner duties. I was appointed as the Valley County representative for the following groups: Western Idaho Community Action Program, Valley County Community Action Program, USFS Winter Recreation Forum, Payette Forest Coalition, West Central Mountain Economic Development Council, the USFS Midas Collaborative Working Group, Waterways Advisory Group, and the Snowmobile Grooming Advisory Group.
In addition to the above, I serve on the Idaho Association of Counties committee on the Environment, Energy and Land Use. I have also been following and attending the IAC Legislative Committee meetings and the Public Lands Committee. These Committees are made up of Elected Officials from across the state and have been my first glimpse at how County Officials can introduce resolutions and influence state legislation. It has also been my first inside glimpse at partisan politics and what it feels like to be a minority.
As you may remember, I was elected in the midst of two contentious issues; one being the Community Partnership Agreement with Midas Gold and the other the creation of a waterways ordinance to protect and manage our local lakes and rivers. While the Midas Agreement has since been retracted, the Waterways issue is ongoing. I am hopeful that we will replace the 08-01 ordinance that was repealed during the 2019 discussions in the next few months. Currently we are waiting to see if the State Legislature is going to move forward with the creation of new, statewide waterways legislation before we can proceed with a county wide ordinance.
In addition to the above, the Board of Commissioners has seen an abnormal amount of complexities surrounding normal county issues including; the creation and balancing of our annual budget, property tax assessments and appeals, Idaho Department of Land leases within the County, Planning and Zoning appeals, public and private lands access, Road Department funding, USFS FRTA requests and road ownership reviews, and the demise and subsequent temporary reinstatement of Secure Rural Schools Funding.
While not as complex as the above issues, I have been spearheading the efforts to help resolve the current problems with our local recycling program. Progress has been slow, however, I do think we are getting close to seeing some real improvements beginning with a better understanding of how the program can work more efficiently and by moving it to a centralized collection facility for the summer of 2020.
As if the above isn’t enough to keep us busy, 2019 had an unusually high amount of employee issues. I am proud to say that we have made significant progress on this front by working with our Human Resources Director, the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, elected officials and the department heads to identify and address these issues and develop plans to cultivate a positive and effective work environment. Your commissioners are engaged and much more involved in the day-to-day activities of employees. As a team we have re-written handbooks, redefined policies, positions/job descriptions and worked to improve interdepartmental relationships.
As many know, the resignation of Chairman Cruickshank from the Board came as a surprise this fall, but the addition of Sherry Maupin has been a positive step towards strengthening and diversifying the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Maupin brings a focus on fiscal responsibility and strategic planning to the Board, and the appointment of Elt Hasbrouck to the Chairman position has brought a different perspective to the team. Over the last year, I have appreciated his insight, candid nature and historical knowledge of Valley County. Despite our differences, the current board is working extremely well together, and proactively addressing issues that have been unresolved for quite some time.
I strive to do better for our constituents. With the establishment of regular office hours for the Commissioners, greater involvement in daily business and an open door policy for employees and public alike, I think we are moving in the right direction. The last and most important step that we are trying to move forward with is more public involvement on issues that affect us. The increase in public forums and open houses has been well received but unless we hear from you, we don’t know where you stand and whether we are representing your best interests.
The past year has been a wild ride and tremendous learning curve yet I have enjoyed getting to know the process of how our County government functions and the people who assist the Commissioners in that process. I hope to continue to hear from you, learn and serve your interests as we move forward and address the many issues that will come with a new year. Please feel free to reach out to me for a meeting, conversation, or just to share your thoughts.
Valley County Democrats have rescheduled their Fall Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up to this Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 pm.
All Democrats and friends are invited to participate and should meet in the south parking area of Elk Creek Church, 14102 Highway 55, McCall, shortly before 4:30 pm. Participants should bring hats, sunscreen, water, and gloves. Safety vests and trash bags will be provided.
After the clean up join Valley County Democrats at Home Town Pizza in McCall for a no host social time. For more information contact Jim Arp at 634-5833
Valley County Democrats will hold their fall Adopt-A-Highway community service cleanup on Sunday, September 29th at 4:30 pm.
All Democrats, friends, and family are invited to participate and should meet at 4:30 pm in the parking lot of Elk Creek Church south of McCall on Highway 55.
A no-host social at Hometown Pizza will follow the cleanup. Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves. Safety vests and trash bags will be provided. For further information please call Jim Arp at 208-634-5833.”