Idaho politics: Simison piles up endorsements, including one from his boss

Robert Simison announced a batch of endorsements in his race for an open House seat in legislative District 21.

One shouldn't come as a surprise: a nod from Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. Simison, a Boise Republican, is de Weerd's chief of staff.

That said, here's the quote from de Weerd: “I have been honored to work with Robert Simison for a number of years and I know him as a strong leader who cares about our families; a responsive government; economic opportunity; and fiscal responsibility. Robert is exactly the type of state representative Meridian and the Treasure Valley needs.”

And here is the Simison news release. It is a pretty long list of endorsements, as Simison prepares to face Steven Harris and Parrish Miller in the May 15 primary:

Today, Robert E. Simison, candidate for state representative District 21A, announced the endorsement from key Republican leaders from throughout the Treasure Valley including Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Winder and Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

“Robert E. Simison is a good family man and public servant. His conservative values, work ethic and common sense approach to government will be a great addition to the Idaho State House. I’m proud to support Robert and his family for state representative in District 21A.” Sen. Chuck Winder, assistant majority leader (R-Dist. 20).

"I value and appreciate my working relationship with Sen. Winder as well as his endorsement of my campaign. He has the knowledge and respect of his peers and is someone that I can work with to promote strong family values, a limited, more responsive government, economic opportunity for our existing businesses, and a sustainable tax system for our citizens."

Along with Senator Winder, Simison announced the endorsement of Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, who serves as campaign chairman. “I have been honored to work with Robert Simison for a number of years and I know him as a strong leader who cares about our families; a responsive government; economic opportunity; and fiscal responsibility,” said Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “Robert is exactly the type of state representative Meridian and the Treasure Valley needs.”

Joining Sen. Winder, Mayor De Weerd are a number of other leaders in the community and Republican Party, including Rep. Marv Hagedorn and all four of Meridian City Council members Brad Hoaglun, Charlie Rountree, Keith Bird and David Zaremba.

“I believe that Robert Simison will be an excellent representative for District 21. He will uphold the conservative values that the citizens of the district want from their legislators," said Meridian City Council President Brad Houglun.

Former City Council member Shaun Wardle has endorsed Robert Simison along with local business owners and residents of District 21 Lori Jones, John and Sherrie Ewing, Dale Newberry, and Doug Roberts.

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