Election Results

District 21 - State Senator

Candidate Votes Percentage
Clifford R. "Cliff" Bayer (R) 12,275
58%
Joe Evans (L) 1,187
6%
Dawn C. Pierce (D) 7,776
37%

Candidate Survey Responses (showing all responses received)

Party
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Libertarian
Education
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Bachelors, BBA
Occupation and relevant work experience
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Big Data Engineer, Former Military Intelligence Analyst
Past political experience and campaigns
Joe Evans
Libertarian
None
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No
Why are you running for this office?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
I am running for Senate in District 21 because Idaho needs a path forward. we have slid from the top 20% in most key performance indicators to the lowest 10%. This is unsustainable and if not corrected, we will not only continue to the bottom, but fall so far behind that we will have lost any advantages in the US economy, and eventually the global economy.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Justice reform, Education reform, Drug reform.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
I believe in the 2nd amendment and I don't support the Private Prison arrangements that are popular with the GOP.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Idaho already has a state fund specifically for that purpose. It is funded through the sales of Lottery tickets and is called the "Permanent Building Fund". However, I do believe the permanent building fund needs to be audited. I do not believe that it has been managed properly.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No. I do not approve of a mob rules scenario of 50% +1. The citizens of a school district should be of a clear majority to agree on a tax, levy, or bond that would have long term effects on their personal budgets.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No. That said, the higher learning institutions of Idaho aren't acting with integrity regarding stewardship of the resources they are entrusted with. Idaho's public universities and colleges need audited and their expenses scrutinized.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No. Currently, there isn't adequate density of population to justify state funded or managed public transportation. Leave it in the hands of the respective municipalities.
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?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes. The municipalities should be able to set terms specific to their communities, but I don't believe it should be arbitrarily decided by a few elected or appointed officials, it should be put to a vote during the municipality's election cycle.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No. I fully support Proposition 2. Admittedly, I feel that it is only a band-aid for a more serious issue associated with Idaho's healthcare infrastructure and it's relationship with the insurance companies and pharmaceutical industry.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes. Particularly since the sin tax associated with the horse racing would provide further contributions to the Permanent Building Fund and Idaho's education.
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Undecided. I'm a firm believer in the separation of church and state, and the ability of the faithful to practice without interference from the government, as long as they aren't placing those not of their faith in danger through their practices. Since children often follow the faith of their parents, it would be hard to distinguish after the fact, if the child disagreed with their parent's choice. I believe the voice of the child should be heard before "treatment", rather than assumed after death.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes. Idaho's drug laws are a continuation of a national policy that has proven to be an utter failure. Prohibition is not, and has never been, the answer. It destroys families, children, communities, and lives, not because of the drug use itself, but the policies regarding how drug users and abusers are treated. Legalization for medical and recreational use should be the goal, with education on use and abuse, in the same way that we currently approach alcohol use and abuse. However, crimes committed while under the influence should carry the full weight of the law with no consideration for the influence of the drug unless prescribed by a physician.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
If a person is convicted of domestic violence, why aren't they in prison for two years? Currently, felons are not allowed to be in possession of a weapon for the duration of their probation/parole. I believe the current statute more than adequately covers conditions around domestic violence and chronic abusers, as long as police, prosecution, and social services are doing due diligence in detection, investigation, and prevention of domestic abuse. Harsh first offense sentences have been proven to reduce reporting and increase long term risks for victims.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No, we need to empty prisons, not build more. There is already an excessive number of Idahoans in prison for non-violent and/or victimless crimes. Legal reform and alternative sentencing should be the norm in Idaho rather than the exception. additionally, the misuse of prison labor is an ongoing problem and creates additional problem in the local economies. It would be better for many of them to be rehabilitated and integrated back into their communities, contributing to the economy, and paying taxes whenever possible.
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?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Drugs should be legalized. Addiction and abuse should be treated as a medical problem and treated while people are still functional members of their community.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
No. That said, I fully support the repeal of Idaho's "right to work" legislation and giving effective collective bargaining back to Idaho's labor. I feel this to be a more effective method of bringing labor and capital into an effective agreement on an industry by industry basis rather than creating a blanket policy that is easily gamed and unable to adapt effectively to quickly changing conditions.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Joe Evans
Libertarian
Yes

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