Election Results

District 12 - State Representative, Position A

Candidate Votes Percentage
Robert Anderst (R) 8,861
64%
Pat Day Hartwell (D) 4,980
36%

Candidate Survey Responses (showing all responses received)

Party
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Democrat
Robert Anderst
Republican
Republican
Education
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
B.A. Criminal Justice from CWU
Robert Anderst
Republican
AA in Business Marketing and Management Idaho State University
Occupation and relevant work experience
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Crime victim assistant and paralegal. I worked 30 years helping victims of domestic violence, rape victims and victims of violent crimes. Much of this was volunteer work and I carried a 24- hour hotline but I also was paid for 10 years as Director of the Rape Response and Crime Victim Center in Idaho Falls. I worked as a paralegal both as a VISTA volunteer for 1 ½ years for a total of four years for Legal Aid and 3 years in the private sector.
Robert Anderst
Republican
Current Vice President Title One Corp. Current 3rd Term Idaho House of Representatives Past Owner The Anderst Company (real-estate services) Past Owner Ryder Development (residential development)
Past political experience and campaigns
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
I majored in Political Science at the College of Idaho for two years. I interned with candidates, the legislature, and the Governor’s oce. Later, I worked with crime victims and helped get some 23 bills passed aiding victims. As founder of the Idaho Network to Stop Violence Against Women, we successfully campaigned for the passage of legislation that created the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and provides statewide funding for domestic violence shelters. I was later appointed to the Council and became Chair. I served on a committee of 7 that gained passage of the Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victim Rights in 1994. I ran for the State Senate two years ago.
Robert Anderst
Republican
Current 3rd Term Idaho House of Representatives
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
No
Robert Anderst
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?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
No
Robert Anderst
Republican
No
Why are you running for this office?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
I am a native and I love this State and I am interested in trying to continue to make it a better place to live as my family has done since my great-grand parents moved here in the 1860s. I believe my neighbors want change, especially in talking to them they want medical coverage for everyone as do I. Education is also a big issue with the people I have talked to when knocking on doors. I am concerned about minimum wage, survival of small businesses, the environment, saving our public lands and other issues that affect Idahoans.
Robert Anderst
Republican
To continue the work of maintaining economic growth and opportunities for today and tomorrow.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Medical coverage for all, increased education funding and reform, and work for increasing the minimum wage.
Robert Anderst
Republican
Continues work on tax policy making it more competitive nationally
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Because I am interested in solving problems for people, and my opponent has been primarily interested in transportation issues. As the incumbent Representative, he and the other Republicans are responsible for the persistent lack of adequate funding of education, teacher pay, and health care
Robert Anderst
Republican
I don't know my opponent so it's unfair for me to speak about her. I am asking for peoples support because I think our current delegation(myself, Rick Youngblood and Todd Lakey) have proven ourselves to be effective, pragmatic and competent representatives for the citizens of District 12. WE have lead on many critical issues over the past few years and would like to continue becoming even better advocates for our District, County and State.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes. If we fail to do this, we continue with wealthier districts having very good facilities while poorer, rural districts struggle to have adequate facilities.
Robert Anderst
Republican
In general no those decisions should be made at a local level. I can just imagine if some committee in Boise was deciding where to build the next high school if 10 were needed and they had money for 1, who gets it and why?
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
In general no.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
No. In addition to better support of our Universities and Colleges, we need to increase state support of Trade schools.
Robert Anderst
Republican
University's yes Community Colleges no. Along those lines we still have a lot of work to do making the transition from High School to College especially for kids with dual credits more efficient otherwise kids will just get frustrated and walk away.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Idaho has no “legal” obligation to fund Pre-K’s; however, the earlier children begin to learn to read the better off they are. I would work to help accomplish this and to fund full-time kindergarten.
Robert Anderst
Republican
No, we should keep our focus on K-12 until it is right then we can talk about expanding
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
No, but the legislature should study this.
Robert Anderst
Republican
If you are referring to Rail and Bus (public transportation) No. If you are talking about transportation in the context of roads and bridges we already have tools with the passage of the transportation congestion mitigation fund 2 years ago and the continued role the surplus eliminator plays.
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?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
I'm open to the possibility but it would depend on the authority. Just like Urban Renewal if it is properly used in conjunction with transparent implementation and voter buy in then local option could be a valuable tool to do important things. If it is abused it could be a horrible mistake.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes. I believe that the loss of income to the State could be offset by vigorously pursuing sales tax on out-of-state on-line purchases.
Robert Anderst
Republican
I have voted for it in the past just based on pure constituent activation but I continue to make the argument that it is fundamentally a bad idea. 1. It creates an enormous amount of debate (winners and losers) defining what is "food" (raw food or cooked food, restaurant food or grocery store food, don't forget the deli food, junk food or healthy food or is it just the basics) all of these will be debated and lobbied for decades. 2. It further destabilizes the sales tax portion of our overall tax base. Sales tax is the only tax that everyone participates in from citizens to tourists everyone pays something instead of shifting that burden to the income tax payers.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
I will respect the will of the voters in District 12
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
Same answer
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Absolutely, this is a severe problem in Canyon County and we really need this change as our Sheriff strongly wants.
Robert Anderst
Republican
It depends on the language, in an obvious case of malicious abuse and or neglect resulting in death then of course Yes (just like I would for any other parent). If it is drafted to the extent that the State determines what care should have been given to your child in a good faith attempt to make them better then the specifics of the language become a lot more difficult and important.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
I think this should be put on the ballot.
Robert Anderst
Republican
I support decriminalization of regulated and inspected CBD oil . As for straight medical and recreational legalization not at this time. I am still watching what is happening in the other states to see what the results are when the smoke clears. My gut says it has significant problems the least of which is that it is still against federal law.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
A felony domestic violence conviction you already loose the right to posses a weapon so I am assuming you are asking if I support legislation prohibiting "gun ownership" (not possession) of a person convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence. The Constitution below says that we can regulate the possession of a "felon" specifically no mention of a misdemeanor conviction. I believe that you would need a constitutional amendment first. SECTION 11. RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent the passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of any legislation punishing the use of a firearm.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
No, because I think we need to make some change to our criminal justice system so we don’t have so many people in prison.
Robert Anderst
Republican
I believe that we need to have the infrastructure in place to handle our own prison population. I haven't studied the proposal enough to be ready to make a decision on it yet.
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?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
I think we need to do away with the mandatory minimum’s on drug sentences. It would save us $23 million if we decriminalized cannabis. This would free up a lot of beds in the prison.
Robert Anderst
Republican
I am watching the committee results carefully. I don't have the expertise having not participated in the committee to give a complete answer. In general I think it depends on the prisoner if prison is a temporary situation the sooner we can treat and release that individual (healthy) back into society the better. Having said that for those that are in and out and show no signs of improving themselves we need to have the facilities to house them as a protection to society and as a true deterrent. I do respect what experts and my fellow legislators have to say because they have worked on this for years. I will be all ears if given the opportunity to vote on recommendations next session.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Absolutely, people need a living wage and it would boost the economy.
Robert Anderst
Republican
No regardless of what the number is it's an arbitrary number that just impacts the number of jobs available. It begs the next questions like. Change it to what and then of course why that much? The market should dictate what your value is to an employer and in America if you don't like it you can find another job or start your own business. Cool thing about starting your own business you can make your minimum wage whatever you want right? Oh wait that's not how it works is it.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Pat Day Hartwell
Democrat
Yes
Robert Anderst
Republican
I can't say if I would support or reject legislation if I don't have the legislation to review. In general I am ok with the reporting that is currently done along with the requirements to disclose any conflicts of interest.