Candidate rebuttal: Erpelding touts 'real legislative experience'

Mathew Erpelding, a Democrat running in Boise's District 19, says his experience as a Statehouse aide makes him the strongest choice for an open House seat.

Erpelding submitted a rebuttal to our Wednesday editorial endorsing Troy Rohn in the House primary.

Said Erpelding: "Real legislative experience is necessary to effectively represent District 19. I was the lead writer and researcher for the only jobs plan (IJOBs) presented this session. I served as a policy aide to Rep. Brian Cronin and our Democratic legislators to make a difference for Idaho by advancing sensible policies, supporting our values, and standing up against Republican overreach.

Here is Erpelding's full rebuttal:

District 19 is an Idaho gem. I am running for House Seat A because I love Idaho, and I will work to improve the lives of our citizens. After 17 years working in higher education developing future teachers and leaders, I could no longer stand by and watch my students graduate deeply in debt while facing an unemployment rate of almost 9 percent. Additionally, the disrespect shown to our teachers and students last spring was a call to action for me. My priorities are to improve our public education system, hold our government to the highest ethical standards, rejuvenate our robust economy and protect our open spaces.

Real legislative experience is necessary to effectively represent District 19. I was the lead writer and researcher for the only jobs plan (IJOBs) presented this session. I served as a policy aide to Rep. Brian Cronin and our Democratic legislators to make a difference for Idaho by advancing sensible policies, supporting our values, and standing up against Republican overreach.

In District 19, our voice must be the strongest and most articulate in the face of extreme Republican policies, and we must stand our ground in the struggle for our values. Changing Idaho’s political discourse depends on our ability to increase our minority by electing more candidates with progressive values across this state. I will collaborate with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass legislation that improves the lives of all Idaho citizens, and I will work to expand the number of elected Democrats in the Legislature.

I have been endorsed by the Conservation Voters for Idaho, the Idaho Public Employees Association, Rep. Brian Cronin, Councilwoman Lauren McLean, and Sen. Elliot Werk, because my work on behalf of the issues important to Boise has been positive and substantial. My record as an advocate for education and equality, a leader on conservation issues, and a supporter of responsible economic growth in Idaho makes me the clear choice for District 19. Please vote for me on May 15.

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