I am a proud registered Republican and I very rarely vote for candidates outside of my party. I support the Constitution, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. This typically disqualifies most Democrats in my mind, however, I have given thought to this race and I see Twilegar as the best option in the Ada County Prosecutor election.
He has a resume that is second to none from his service as a 2nd Lieutenant in Vietnam to his various elected offices. This includes Boise City Councilman, State Representative, State Senator, Senate Minority Leader, and has previous county prosecutor experience. He is an old-school Democrat that knows how to work with Republicans.
I feel particularly compelled to write in support of him because I feel he is a candidate with the proper judgment and fiscal responsibility to lead the Prosecutor’s office. I, unfortunately, cannot say the same thing for Jan Bennetts. During Bennetts’ reign as Prosecutor, we have seen millions of our tax dollars slipping through the county’s fingers. This is particularly due to the settlement of $2.2 million our county paid Fortistar due to the failed Dynamis deal that violated a contract the county had with Fortistar concerning their ability to supply their engines with landfill gases for their 20-year contract. There was also $451,000 in legal fees our taxes were responsible for paying. The lack of transparency on the Dynamis deal has long been a dark cloud looming over Ada County. The constitutionality is questionable at best according to our state constitution as Ada County indebted ourselves to a private company. This event deeply concerned me. This ultimately cost us over $2.6 million, some argue that the lawsuit would have been won by the county if they had not settled. Some argue otherwise. I do not know the answer, but I do know that it was the citizens of Ada County who paid the price for their mistakes.
Additionally, in 2019 we saw Jan Bennetts put truck drivers in jail for transporting industrial hemp and continue the prosecution despite the enormous public backlash. Petitions were created and signed by nearly 13,000 unhappy Ada County citizens to drop the charges. Bipartisan groups of legislators stood in public opposition to the prosecution as well.
Ron Twilegar is willing to call out the wasteful spending and put a stop to it. He has been very vocal in his opposition to the Dynamis deal and will deliver the transparency we need on it. Twilegar has also been a critic of Bennett’s handling of the hemp truck driver’s case. His Facebook page calls it a “waste of taxes, time, and judicial resources” and I believe that is how the majority of people viewed the incident. He has a reasonable perspective on the issues and can appeal to many different people.
As I mentioned previously, I am a conservative constitutionalist. I care about how my taxes are spent and I detest wasteful spending. The Dynamis deal and the hemp prosecution has made it clear in my mind that we need a change in leadership and a turnover in power. Our founding fathers grew hemp and it is as American as the Constitution. I support individual liberty, low taxes, and clear-minded judgment. In the election of Ada County Prosecutor, the only candidate that fits that criteria is Ron Twilegar. Vote person, not party, to preserve liberty and justice for all.