Election Results

District 18 - State Representative, Position B

Candidate Votes Percentage
Brooke Green (D) 13,987
62%
Steve Simmons (R) 8,457
38%

Candidate Survey Responses (showing all responses received)

Party
Brooke Green
Democrat
Democrat
Steve Simmons
Republican
Republican
Education
Brooke Green
Democrat
Master in Business Administration, Northwest Nazarene University. Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Bachelor of Marketing Technology from Boise State University
Steve Simmons
Republican
Finance, BBA
Occupation and relevant work experience
Brooke Green
Democrat
As a Sr. Transportation Planner, I coordinate community programs with a focus on bike, pedestrian, and neighborhood planning throughout Ada County. Prior, I worked in rural public transportation, facilitating planning efforts in the ten-county region of Southwest Idaho seeking solutions to healthcare access, jobs, and critical services. I received my MBA from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and two bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Marketing Technology from BSU.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Finance Specialist with work experience in finance, accounting, and also residential property management.
Past political experience and campaigns
Brooke Green
Democrat
I have no prior experience running for office.
Steve Simmons
Republican
none
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Brooke Green
Democrat
No, I have never filed for bankruptcy for myself or business.
Steve Simmons
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?
Brooke Green
Democrat
No, I have not been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges.
Steve Simmons
Republican
No
Why are you running for this office?
Brooke Green
Democrat
I have spent my whole career coordinating solutions for Idaho, addressing issues as they pertain to access to healthcare, education, and jobs. During this time it became apparent that decisions that were occurring at the state level were impacting the quality of life of many of my neighbors and communities I was serving. I concluded I could either sit by idle and piecemeal solutions through my work throughout Idaho or I could represent my District at the Legislature and influence policy at the statewide level that would enhance the quality of life, for all Idahoans.
Steve Simmons
Republican
We desperately need Republican representation in district 18 because we still make up about half of the registered voter population here. Democrat policies are taking over Boise with negative side effects and the state of Idaho as a whole is starting to turn as well unless republicans act to make better policies ourselves. We can no longer ignore government affairs with society, or else these newer political groups will change it for us to address issues. We can offer solutions to problems without requiring large increases in government spending and involvement, but republicans have to start acting. I took up the charge since no one else would in all 3 legislative positions.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Adequate funding for infrastructure, healthcare access and affordability, and ensuring that we can recruit and retain teachers in all areas of the state. These are issues paramount to meeting the inevitable growth in demand for services that come with being the fastest growing state in the nation. We need to ensure healthcare access for many of our most vulnerable populations and decrease reliance on indigent funds. We should also reexamine rural teacher loan forgiveness, an incentive for some of our brightest teachers to stay in their careers and communities.
Steve Simmons
Republican
1. Healthcare - Better insurance options and lower costs. 2. Education - Allocate funding and resources better and improve programs connected to jobs out of high school/college. 3. Infrastructure/Development growth. - Idaho's population is booming, we need to plan and prepare for the current growth and for more in the future.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Brooke Green
Democrat
My combined employment experience, volunteer work, and education have provided me with a diverse foundation of knowledge and skills that will assist me as a legislator. I have worked with a multitude of stakeholders, elected officials and agencies to create solutions to influence some of Idaho’s complex issues. My diverse experience, education and proven commitment to my community set me apart as the right candidate to represent our neighbors in District 18.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Conservative policies are not old-fashioned or favoring only the rich. There are proven results that are attributed to these economic and social policies and I am the only republican legislative candidate that stands for maintaining the principles of smaller, limited government and improve the efficiencies of our state government programs.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, Idaho needs adequate secure school facilities to help facilitate learning. The question is which class of tax-payers should be footing the bill for school bonds. Idaho is one of only few states in the nation that requires a 2/3 super majority to pass a school bond. We need to examine the reduction of the super majority requirement for the passage of schools bonds which would require passage of a constitutional amendment. However, this approach will provide for many of our rural and urban communities the necessary funding to build appropriate school facilities.
Steve Simmons
Republican
I would be interested in visiting this idea. I am normally in favor of local governments building their own schools, but Idaho's education as a whole needs to improve and some areas are going to be hard-pressed obtaining the funding to build schools in their areas.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, Idaho needs to reduce the threshold from a two-thirds super majority. As it stands now, the current threshold is allowing a small minority of voters to decide the future of Idaho’s educational facilities.
Steve Simmons
Republican
No. If the local government is going to issue public debt, I believe a two-thirds majority is fair to ask two-thirds of the population to approve of having to pay the debt.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Brooke Green
Democrat
No, Idaho does not sufficiently fund higher-education institutions, rather higher-ed has become reliant on student fees and tuition that has resulted in a generation of students who have graduated with significant burdensome student debt.
Steve Simmons
Republican
I think yes. Maybe even too much. We need to control the costs of our higher universities. College debt and tuition costs are out of control and are not serving as much good to society as they used to because of the amount of student debt Idahoans are laden with.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, an investment in early childhood education is an investment in Idaho economic future, with every $1 invested we are saving Idaho taxpayers $7-13 million in future public costs. Unfortunately, Idaho is one of only a handful of states that does not fund early childhood education. Our children and the future of Idaho deserve better.
Steve Simmons
Republican
I still say no. I don't believe our education problems are caused from not enough time in schools, but I am open to listen to proponents of this make the argument.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, Idaho should consider a state fund for public transportation, since growth is no longer tomorrow’s reality. We cannot build ourselves out of the congestion Ada County is experiencing. Idaho needs to look to our neighbors, especially Utah, and learn how they have successfully embraced public transportation to meet the growing demands of their communities.
Steve Simmons
Republican
No. I still believe this should be addressed on more local levels.
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?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Idaho cities and counties should have the ability to institute a local option sales tax. However, I do not believe that the sale tax should be earmarked for a particular use. I firmly believe that those elected officials closest to the people know best, and the decision of the use should be determined by their local government for necessary public infrastructure enhancements.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Sure. Depending on how the laws are worded allowing for majority approval, I think it's fair to allow local principalities to want to tax themselves to pay for services.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Brooke Green
Democrat
No, Idaho’s state grocery tax is one of the only few steady streams of revenue for both the general fund and cost-sharing for local governments. An elimination, according to the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, of the Grocery Tax would result in a reduction of $79.3 million in revenue annually. This loss would need to be replenished elsewhere and would necessitate an increase in property tax and income tax. Or, result in cuts to programs throughout Idaho that are already on a shoestring budget, such as roads, charter schools or public safety. In short, any type of cuts to current revenue sources will result in higher expenses or fewer services elsewhere.
Steve Simmons
Republican
No, but I am open to discussion. I think the grocery tax and the associated tax credit is a great way to make money from out of state visitors. If all residents get a tax credit that basically refunds all taxes paid on groceries anyway, especially if it's modified to provide deductions per person to consider larger families, then what's the problem?
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Absolutely! Too many of our working families and seniors have fallen into the gap, forcing them to make tough choices to keep food on their table or seek medical attention. It’s time we bring back Idahoan’s hard earned money to Idaho, to work for our families. The dollars returning to Idaho could potentially save millions per year if we expand Medicaid and eliminate the CAT/indigent fund.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Yes. Medicaid and "Obamacare" have a lot of problems that we need to fix, but people need something instead of nothing for the time being. I am a servant to the people I represent, so I will honor whatever they choose. I would like to make better healthcare policies in the long run, but I will respect the vote of the people.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, Historical/Instant Horse Racing attained a high threshold for a ballot initiative. The fate of proposition one rests in the hands of Idahoans. Should Idahoans vote in favor of reinstating Historical/Instant Horse Racing, I will support the will of the people, and stand firm representing their vote.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Yes. Being raised up in "Sin City" Las Vegas, I have no issue against gambling. I am glad to have the public vote on this issue because I think this is a change to Idaho that the public should vote on themselves, not just their elected officials. I will respect the will of the people however they choose.
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, it is unacceptable that we have verified medical procedures that can prevent the suffering and death of a child. Idaho needs to remove the exemption protecting adults from persecution. Idaho needs to continue to explore how we can find the appropriate balance between religious freedom and the protection of life.
Steve Simmons
Republican
I don't have an opinion on this. I need to learn more about the issue first.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Medicinal use of marijuana, when administered appropriately, has assisted patients in controlling a number of medical conditions. I would support changing cannabis laws to provide our medical community an additional tool to provide for patient care.
Steve Simmons
Republican
I would like to see this put to public vote. I am open to changing laws legalizing medical use and CBD oils, but I do not support recreation, full legal use.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, abused women are five times more likely to be killed by a domestic partner if that abuser owns a firearm. This legislation is specific to persons who have been provided due process in our criminal justice system and who have been convicted. This legislation aligns with federal law and provides local Law Enforcement additional enforcement tools to hold convicted domestic violence abusers accountable while providing for additional safety measures for the public.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Yes, but I would have to see how the legislation is carefully worded. I support gun ownership, but I like responsible gun owners as upstanding citizens.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Brooke Green
Democrat
No, Idaho cannot build itself out of the prison overcrowding. A large percentage of Idaho's facilities house an alarming number of returning offenders. We need to evaluate the way we spend our justice related dollars and increase support for offenders upon their release and provide them with treatment and support. We should also revisit mandatory minimum sentencing, seek solutions for individuals who are amenable to treatment through community-based services.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Yes, but I want to make sure our laws are appropriate for addressing the growing prison population. This is a bad sign of issues that need addressed.
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?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Idaho needs to examine the root causes of addiction and wisely invest our dollars in data proven treatment that addresses the underlying cause of addiction. We should also revisit mandatory minimum sentencing, seek solutions for individuals who are amenable to treatment through community-based services
Steve Simmons
Republican
I don't know enough about this, but if we can still be firm, but fair in our law enforcement which allows for proper rehabilitation of offenders, then I am in favor. However, I am not interested in just accepting drug offenders because there are becoming too many.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Brooke Green
Democrat
I do not believe that the wages in Idaho are currently adequate. Idaho has become an attractive destination and is now experiencing a tremendous amount of growth. The cost of living has grown exceptionally while our wages have become stagnate at 43rd for annual mean wages & salaries, 37th for median household income and lastly 47th per capita in personal income. We need to examine options that increase the availability of livable wage jobs and careers.
Steve Simmons
Republican
Personally, I think yes, but I am afraid of the negative consequences such as inflation and potential job losses. I would be very interested in addressing economic issues such as this. I do not intend on increasing minimum wage without careful consideration, if at all.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Brooke Green
Democrat
Yes, we have an obligation to be transparent and accountable to the public.
Steve Simmons
Republican
No. I don't think an individual's personal finances are relevant to public office. I think the campaign finance disclosures is enough.

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