Election Results

District 11 - State Senator

Candidate Votes Percentage
Patti Anne Lodge (R) 13,832
78%
Edward Savala (D) 3,941
22%

Candidate Survey Responses (showing all responses received)

Party
Edward Savala
Democrat
Democrat
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Republican
Education
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
BA Degree in History with Graduate Credits in K-12 Education
Occupation and relevant work experience
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Agri Business Owner, State Senator, 35 years Public School Educator, Community Volunteer, Committee Chairman, Long-time Republican Party Volunteer.
Past political experience and campaigns
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
I have been working on political campaigns since I was 14 years old. I have held local, state and national offices. Locally, I have been active as a youth chairman, precinct person, County Chairman, Canyon County Republican Women’s President and State President. As a State Senator I serve on numerous committees. I was Senate Chairman of Health and Welfare and now serve as the Chairman of the privileged Judiciary and Rules Committee. I also serve on the Senate Leadership Committee, State Affairs. I am co- chairman of three important interim committees. I am state Chairman for the National Council of State Legislators. I have written and sponsored numerous legislation and I know how to work legislation through the process.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No
Why are you running for this office?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
As Canyon County Legislators we have worked together to get funding for the congested freeway and roads. We need to continue to work to fund Canyon County’s needed projects. I want to remain focused on the Justice Reinvestment Committee and finding answers to our criminal justice issues. Most of all I serve on committees and have knowledge and leadership experience that benefit Canyon County citizens.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
My top priorities are: Canyon County roads and bridges, Educational opportunities especially career technical and workforce development for jobs here in Canyon County, Economic Development especially in the small business areas, and public safety issues. I have worked to have committee assignments and experience which address these issues.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
My opponent is a good dedicated man. He is a gentleman. Knowledge of the process takes time. I already have the knowledge and experience to move legislation that is needed through the process. A good example is the funding for I84. Without my position as Chairman of the Judiciary and Rules Committee and the cooperation of my committee we would not have gotten that funding which is so important to Canyon County citizens.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Control of local schools is very important to the people of Idaho. If the state takes over funding of new school buildings and provides most of the other funding sources the state not the local folks will control the schools. The impact of population growth needs to be used to fund new schools.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No. The emphasis of the state is on K-12 education. There will never be enough money available to fund all the wants in our education programs. We do need to focus more on career-technical education and workforce development programs for after high school graduates.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
The best teachers for young children are dedicated caring parents who want their children to have opportunities they themselves did not have as children. Fund kindergarten before pre-K classes. We do want Idaho children reading at level by third grade. This only happens when parents work with teachers to inspire and educate the child.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
The number of public riders is not high enough to support special funds for public transportation. Creating a state fund could not create enough funds to support the needs of the entire state. Public transportation would have to be a local option.
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?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
This idea needs to be placed before the voters to see if they can support increased taxes to provide these services.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
I would support a repeal of sales tax on nutritional foods. Not all grocery items. You can find all kinds of items in a grocery store. People think because it is grocery tax repeal that means everything in the grocery store would not be taxed. People might buy more nutritional foods if they were not taxed on them. I would leave the tax on junk foods because of the high cost of medical care. Remember people who use food stamps (SNAP Benefits) do not pay sales tax on what they purchase with the benefits. It seems unfair to the person who is purchasing his own food and paying the tax.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Yes.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Yes.
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
One of the most traumatic situations a family faces is the loss of a child. No amount of prosecution can be sought which would heal a good faith effort by religious people who truly love and care for their children and whose religious practices teach them that prayer will save their child. They like many of us have seen miracles through prayer. Most of us believe professional medical care and prayer work together to help people survive medical emergencies. I respect the importance of religious freedom and the importance of parental rights to choose the best medical procedures for their family members. I personally encourage seeking medical help.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No. If medical use is needed it should be prescribed through a medical doctor and dispensed through a medical pharmacy.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
There are situations where a person should not be in possession of any dangerous weapon. As with all legislation I look at the wording of the proposed legislation. 2nd Amendment rights are for law abiding folks. Domestic violence is a terrible crime that takes away the feeling of safety for children and residents in their homes.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
The Justice Reinvestment Committee which I co-Chair is in discussions of this request at this time. I cannot take a position until the findings of all options are placed on the table. Our prisons and jails are overflowing mostly with drug offenses. These offenders have been given numerous chances to stay out of prison but continue to commit further crimes or violations which cause prison numbers to increase and offenders to be placed in out of state facilities at great cost to the system. As the population of Idaho increases we might have to fund a new facility but right now we are looking at other means such as community resource centers, more probation and parole officers and mental health and drug treatment.
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?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
Again, these ideas are before the JRI committee and are being intensely investigated. We will have recommendations for the legislature in the next couple of months. People who commit drug crimes are given numerous chances for treatment, drug court, probation and other options before they are sent to prison. Prison is a last chance to clean up their lives and become accountable, productive, tax paying citizens who care for themselves and their families.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No, it is a beginning wage while a person is learning a job and work ethic. It is meant mostly for first time job seekers. Anyone else with experience will probably earn more because employers want people with skills.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Edward Savala
Democrat
(No answers received)
Patti Anne Lodge
Republican
No. The only disclosure should be bankruptcy or criminal records.