It has been my honor to represent the people of Pocatello for the past 7 1/2 years on the City Council. I submitted my resignation on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 to Mayor Blad as a result of my new position with Bannock County. I was one of three names selected by the Bannock County Republican Central Committee that were sent to the Governor for consideration and was appointed to the Bannock County Commission by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter on December 19, 2017. I fill the 2nd District Commission seat vacated by Evan Frasure as a result of his appointment as the Idaho State Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency by President Donald Trump.

In a time where so many people are frustrated with our federal government, local government is the closest and easiest to be reached. We face increased scrutiny and that is as it should be. It takes thick skin and a strong back to ensure everyone has a voice. Political ideology must be set aside as elected officials debate and come to agreement. Henry Clay said, “Politics is not about ideological purity or moral self-righteousness. It is about governing, and if a politician cannot compromise he cannot govern effectively.” I continually strive to follow this instruction in my work on the council. We live in a community of diverse opinion and while it takes effort to find consensus, it is possible with the right mindset. I have worked diligently to deliver civility in our local politics. The opposing opinion should never be labeled evil just because we don’t agree. The bottom line is that good people can disagree and still be good people.

Thank you for allowing me to serve these past 7 1/2 years. I endeavored to be worthy of the faith placed in me as I worked with other strong council members and the mayor in governing our good city..