The following Press Release was sent out by Ted Hill, a Republican candidate for State Senate. Note: Press Releases sent out by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
Tragedy, Action, and Results
Eagle, ID – Capt. Ted Hill, a 38-year U.S. Navy naval aviator and Republican candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives District 14-A, Monday launched a new campaign video that explains the “why” of his candidacy.
“This video briefly explains why I’m running for the Idaho legislature,” said Hill, a soon-to-be retired U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet pilot. “After 38 years defending America and keeping her safe, I have more to give, and I believe the proper place to focus my energies now is serving my neighbors in Eagle and Emmett.”
Hill’s video explains what motivated him to seek the opportunity to serve his community after nearly four decades of serving his country in uniform. It recounts the death of Hill’s teenage daughter, Shauna, after an automobile accident at the intersection of Highway 16 and Floating Feather Road.
Motivated by the loss and a sense of mission to protect others from the same danger, Ted successfully pressed the Idaho Transportation Department and Ada County Highway District to install a traffic light at the intersection near where his daughter’s fatal accident occurred.
Ada County Sheriff Matt Clifford, who served as Eagle Police Chief, said “the stretch of Highway 16 between Emmett and Eagle desperately needed attention from the highway department. The traffic light Ted Hill fought to get installed at Beacon Light has undoubtedly saved lives. The sheriff’s deputies who patrol that stretch of road are grateful for the light that has prevented countless senseless deaths.”
Star Mayor Trevor Chadwick said his daughter was a close friend of Shauna Hill. “After her tragic death, I watched Ted work tirelessly in the background to get this light installed here. This has saved the lives of many people who traverse this valley from Emmett, Star, and Eagle.”
The video also details Hill’s collaboration with former Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. After Shauna’s death, Hill attempted to transfer his unused G.I. Bill educational benefits from Shauna to his surviving daughter, Haley, but was stymied by an unintended roadblock in the V.A.’s internal policies.
Hill worked closely with Labrador in writing and introducing the “Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act,” which was signed into law by President Trump in 2017.
“Working with the Hills has been a profound honor,” Labrador said. “Through unspeakable loss, they told a compelling story that has changed the law of the United States to help veteran families in times of greatest need. Now, Shauna Hill’s legacy includes providing solace to countless veterans in the future.”
Hill’s video lays out what his campaign supporters call a record of tirelessly and effectively pursuing positive change. They cite his relentless push to get the slow-moving bureaucracies of local government moving and challenging the seemingly-immoveable federal bureaucracy.
The video clearly demonstrates Ted’s ability to accomplish whatever mission he sets his mind to.
The Hill campaign said they intend to distribute the “Ted’s Why” video on social media, local mainstream media, digital campaigns, and on the campaign website www.TedHill4Idaho.com.
Ted’s wife and spokeswoman for his campaign, said “although Ted is retiring next week from the U.S. Navy, he’s never lost his ties to Idaho. We’ve maintained our home here for the last 22 years while Ted commuted from Idaho to the widely-known ‘Top Gun’ training facility in Nevada. Ted has a history of working to resolve local issues, and this video is just a small window into the life of selfless public service Ted has lived.”
Capt. Hill is the longest-serving Naval aviator in U.S. history after serving three combat deployments and flying 78 combat missions. He officially retires April 18th after a distinguished and decorated career, after which he hopes to continue his career of service in the Idaho House of Representatives.
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Tags: District 14 A, Floating Feather Road, Matt Clifford, Mayor Trevor Chadwick, Raul Labrador, Republican, Shauna, Star, Ted Hill