Election Results

District 10 - State Senator

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jim Rice (R) 7,521
61%
Evangeline Beechler (D) 4,719
39%

Candidate Questionairres

Party
Jim Rice
Republican
Republican
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Democrat
Education
Jim Rice
Republican
JD from William Howard Taft University; Attended BYU; High School graduate from Melba High School in Melba, Idaho
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Bachelor of Fine Art from Boise State University Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Idaho
Occupation and relevant work experience
Jim Rice
Republican
I am an attorney at Larsen & Rice, Pllc, Attorneys at Law. I have experience in corrections, construction, a factory, mining, as a cashier and restaurant work.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Clincial Supervisor of a Developmental Disabilities Agency Board Member of the Caldwell Housing Authority Former Board Member of the Idaho Behavioral Health Planning Council appointed by Governor Otter. Former Board Member of the Idaho Association of Community Providers
Past political experience and campaigns
Jim Rice
Republican
Current Senator serving District 10
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
I have been a precinct committeewoman, legislative district chair, an organizer, fundraiser, and volunteer on dozens of campaigns and ballot initiatives over the last 20 years in Idaho. Currently, I am the 1st Vice Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party, the Vice Chair of the Western Region of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, and Vice Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic National Committee.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Jim Rice
Republican
No
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
No
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?
Jim Rice
Republican
No
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
No
Why are you running for this office?
Jim Rice
Republican
I would like to continue serving the citizens of District 10 in the Idaho Legislature.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
After working in behavioral health for the last 14 years, I have spent a lot of time serving the families of some of Idaho’s most vulnerable populations. I have seen the effects of inadequate funding to education and health care on Idaho’s children and families. I believe all Idahoans basic needs have to be met for our state to flourish. We need to invest in education, promote job growth with a livable wage, and ensure that everyone can afford to live, work and thrive in their communities.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Jim Rice
Republican
Education, Roads, and eliminating the sales tax on groceries. Professional technical education opportunities need to be increased for our children. We also need to plan for additional residencies for the students at the new medical school in Meridian. We also will continue to need to address teacher pay and other educational issues. While we have funded the expansion of I84 to Caldwell, we need to continue addressing road and bridge condition and expansion. Idahoans will benefit from the elimination of the sales tax on food.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Education: Idaho’s children deserve a fully funded education system including Pre-k. Affordability: When Idahoans can cover basic costs, they have more time to invest locally. More affordable housing is one step towards building a resilient Idaho economy. Equality: Every Idahoan deserves the freedom to live, work, and play without regards to their religion, race, age, immigration or refugee status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Jim Rice
Republican
I have a solid record of protecting private property, holding government accountable, supporting education, and working on sound economic policy. I brought legislation that brought real accountability for county elected officials, eliminated arbitrary fining activities of homeowners associations, helps victims of human trafficking, brought job and income growth for Idahoans, among other legislation. I make myself available to the citizens during the session and outside the session, by phone, mail, email and in person.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
I believe Idaho should welcome everyone. I believe there should be a diverse group of voices at the table when making decisions for our state.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Jim Rice
Republican
We already have a fund that helps if there is a real need. However, this is something that should generally be funded locally. No new fund should be created at the state level.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, we should be funding construction of new schools and taking the burden off of municipalities and counties which results in disproportionate school funding across the state.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Jim Rice
Republican
Debt is something that should be entered into with care and consensus. The two-thirds majority requirement provides a level of consensus that requires sound planning, a clear need, and real prudence. It protects the solvency of local government in good times and even more importantly in bad times. It requires local government to remember that the budgets of individuals and families don't always match up to the desires of elected officials and must be carefully considered.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, it should be a simple majority.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Jim Rice
Republican
The legislature continues to review and act to expand post-secondary education that helps Idahoans obtain the skills needed to better support themselves and their families. This includes funding for additional community college opportunities. Our limited funds must continue to be spent prudently and in ways that actually improve the opportunities of our citizens.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Idaho needs to make sure they are adequately investing in higher education, apprenticeships and trade programs to ensure affordability and make sure graduates are prepared for Idaho’s workforce. A strong workforce results in a strong economy.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Jim Rice
Republican
The state does not have such an obligation. The only education obligation in the Idaho Constitution is for K-12 schools. While the proponents of pre-K education are sincere in their efforts, increased spending for pre-K competes with funding for K-12 education.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes. Well balanced and evidence based pre-K education has been proven to be beneficial to all students but especially to vulnerable students who come from low income earning and dual language families.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Jim Rice
Republican
Public transportation tends to be underutilized. It also tends to be a localized solution to a local need. As a result, public transportation needs to be dealt with at the local level.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, accessibility to public transportation is vital to Idaho’s workforce and businesses and helps build a strong economy.
Should state law be changed to allow Idaho cities and counties to institute a local option sales tax in order to pay for public safety projects, such as courtroom improvements or jail construction?
Jim Rice
Republican
I oppose local option sales tax authority for cities and counties. In an era where many local governments have large foregone balances adding additional taxing methods for cities and counties is not the solution to addressing local needs.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
I would have to look into this further. I do believe cities and counties should have the ability to fund their communities needs but not at the expense of statewide programs.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Jim Rice
Republican
I have been a co-sponsor of past legislation to repeal the sales tax on groceries. I will continue to work to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Possibly, I do not believe Idaho’s working class needs to bear the burden of funding our state’s budget. I believe the Idaho legislature needs to come up with a Common Sense tax plan that makes sure that our state is funded without harming its citizens.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Jim Rice
Republican
The medicaid expansion initiative is very overbroad. It does not just provide Medicaid for the gap population. If passed it will make over 30,000 people who are not in the gap population ineligible to buy their own health insurance. The gap population consists only of able bodied adults. It does not include children, the elderly, or the disabled. Medicaid expansion would reduce the funds available to pay for education. However, if the citizens do vote to expand Medicaid, I would respect the will of the voters.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Jim Rice
Republican
If historical horse racing machines are made legal again by the citizens passing the initiative you will see live horse racing again in Idaho. You will also see more gambling on both live and historical racing. The initiative does not conflict with the Idaho Constitution, but care would need to be taken to see that the machines are set up in a way that makes them clearly historical horse racing machines. I voted against repealing the previous statute allowing the machines, and would respect the will of the voters either way they vote.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
No
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Jim Rice
Republican
The Idaho Senate considered a bill addressing this issue. I supported the bill. The rights of the child must be respected, not just the rights of the parents.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Jim Rice
Republican
I was a co-sponsor of the cannabidiol oil legislation the governor vetoed a few years ago. I continue to support that type of policy. However, I do not support changes that would allow recreational use of marijuana.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, we are surrounded by states where recreational or medical cannabis is legal. We could bring a lot of money into this state through taxation and eliminate valuable resources used to prosecute and house offenders.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Jim Rice
Republican
Persons convicted of domestic violence or who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders are already prohibited from possessing firearms. There is not a particular need to have an additional state law on this.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Jim Rice
Republican
This proposal must be taken seriously and evaluated fully. However, we must also follow through with the Justice reinvestment changes that we have implemented. We have not fully funded the treatment programs that we need to make the approach work and we have not increased the number of probation/parole officers needed to implement the changes properly. Addressing these items will reduce the rate of growth of prison populations while protecting the public from additional crime.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
No. I believe we need to invest in more cost effective preventative programs to eliminate the need to expand Idaho?s prisons.
Idaho?s justice reinvestment committee is exploring changes to drug sentencing law in Idaho as a tool for reducing the state?s prison population. What do you think should be done in the area of drug sentencing laws?
Jim Rice
Republican
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be eliminated. Every case is different and our Judges should have the discretion to craft the most appropriate sentences rather than having their hands tied. This will allow our Judges to fully make the right decision on who should be incarcerated and for how long.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
I believe that there are alternatives to prisons like rehabilitation and treatment programs for drug offenders. We should be looking at reforming the laws to reduce the prison population especially if other programs are more effective at reducing recidivism.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Jim Rice
Republican
The minimum wage should not be increased. Businesses already can pay more, and the percentage of jobs paying minimum wage in Idaho is decreasing. Minimum wage jobs are entry level or first jobs, not careers they provide training and early experience.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, it is not a livable wage in Idaho. Idahoans shouldn't have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Jim Rice
Republican
Disclosure of conflicts of interest and campaign contributions and expenditures are already required by law. Further personal financial disclosures would not actually be useful.
Evangeline Beechler
Democrat
Yes, I believe in financial transparency for potential state wide public officials.