2022 is shaping up to be a big year in Idaho elections.
With the 2020 census completed, the Idaho legislature is working on redrawing the legislative district lines. In theory, that will all be completed before the primary elections occur in May of next year.
Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin (R) also announced today that she will challenge Governor Brad Little (R) during the 2022 Republican primary.
McGeachin and Little were at odds over several decisions Little had made last year regarding COVID-19 and the “Stay-At-Home” order issued by Little.
McGeachin criticized little for using the term “essential” versus “non-essential” jobs last year. McGeachin argued that all jobs were essential to those working them and that it was not the government’s job to say otherwise.
McGeachin said in part of her letter to Little,
A dark narrative is emerging on social media that if you are a non-essential worker than you are not important. All employees are essential. Employees who have thought that they are not at risk, including teachers and state and local employees are all at risk of losing their job if our economy were to collapse. The use of this language only seeks to divide us and not unite us. It was not the intent of the federal government to decide what jobs or industries should be shut down. Why is it the intent of state government to do so? We must respect the rights of individuals acting within the market to balance health and safety with their other needs. That’s how we determine what is truly essential.
McGeachin announced her run for the governorship at the Downtown Event Center in Idaho Falls this morning. She is also scheduled to speak at the capitol this afternoon and in Coeur d’Alene this evening.
At the event in Idaho Falls, McGeachin said some of the following quotes during her speech. Please note that the following quotes are taken from throughout McGeachin’s speech. She told Idaho Dispatch she would provide a full copy later on:
I’m here to tell you that every life is essential and every job is essential.
What we have seen over the last year is unacceptable.
I refuse to stand by and allow these abuses to go unchallenged.
That’s why I am running to be your next governor for the state of Idaho.
With your support, I will be the first woman to lead Idaho as governor.
Everything that makes Idaho great is under assault.
McGeachin made the following post on her Facebook page regarding the times and locations of each event:
McGeachin now makes the second challenger to Little with the recent announcement from Ed Humphreys, who is also running.
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