Jim Woodward and family getting ready for the Sandpoint 4th of July parade
Having spent most of his life here, Jim has come to know and understand the issues that Bonner and Boundary County residents care about. He wants to preserve our North Idaho lifestyle while adapting for growth and technological change.
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Key to anyone’s success are knowledge and skills. Both come through education in whatever form it may take. Educated and trained people provide for themselves, for their families and for the industries that generate economic vitality for our state. We need to provide the best possible education for our children whether it is preparation for college, technical, or vocational education. Our children must have the ability to think and act for they are the future of North Idaho. As children become adults, we can provide educational opportunities locally through satellite campuses, on-line learning, and on-the-job training such as apprenticeships and internships.
I believe in the individual as the engine of economic vitality. We, as a group, support the individual by providing education and training. We also provide infrastructure to support economic and recreational endeavors. What the individual cannot accomplish alone, we achieve through combined efforts in the form of government.
First and foremost, the job of a legislator is listening to the people of the district and conveying their ideas in Boise or elsewhere in the State. As a business owner, I understand listening to customers’ needs and turning their desires into action. As a senator, I will listen to and represent all members of District 1. Through communication and collaboration we can generate great outcomes for North Idaho.
North Idaho’s natural resources offer much to many. We must protect and manage our lands and water to the highest level. These resources provide countless jobs in timber and tourism and limitless opportunities for sportsmen, recreational enthusiasts, and many others who consider the great outdoors a key part of our quality of life.
Transportation infrastructure is critical to any rural state. It is a link for the safety of our citizens and the profitability of our industries. As construction costs continue to rise, we must look for efficiencies to sustain our existing transportation network. With an increasing population, we will need to not only maintain, but also upgrade highways, to provide safe travel and satisfactory travel times.
Idaho is one of the standard bearers when it comes to fiscal responsibility in state government. We require a balanced budget. We set aside money in rainy day funds. We invest in our future through education and economic development. I will work to continue the efficient use of taxpayer dollars while always looking for improvements in the way we spend our money.
Growing up in Bonner County and Boundary County and having lived here more than three decades, I’ve had the opportunity to learn, work, and play here. I’d like to preserve what makes North Idaho special and make improvements wherever possible so that the next generation of Idahoans can prosper and enjoy what we call home.