Election Results

District 22 - State Senator

Candidate Votes Percentage
Lori Den Hartog (R) 10,709
69%
Mik W. Lose (D) 4,731
31%

Candidate Survey Responses (showing all responses received)

Party
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Republican
Mik Lose
Democrat
Democrat
Education
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in Public Administration
Mik Lose
Democrat
Bachelors
Occupation and relevant work experience
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I am the current State Senator representing Kuna and Meridian in District 22. I am also a homemaker. My work and life experiences provide a unique foundation and perspective for my work as a legislator. • 4 years serving in the Idaho State Senate (currently in my 2nd term) • 5 years working in local governments in land use and transportation planning • 4 years working in the public sector in federal grant management in partnership with local community organizations • 16 years as a wife and mother to three children (Ages 13, 10, and 6)
Mik Lose
Democrat
I have experience from the technology, e-retail, service industry and non-profit sectors. I've lived in Idaho since moving here to attend and play football for Boise State in 2003. I've been the President, VP, Treasurer, Captain of Snake River Rugby. I've been a decisive leader and a humble follower. We have two ears and one mouth; meaning we should probably listen more than we talk. I intend to use the lessons I've learned in the private sector and team sports to help foster an environment of innovative and economic development.
Past political experience and campaigns
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Prior to running for office for the first time in 2014, I had never held an elected public office. I served our legislative district in multiple campaigns from 2008 to 2012 supporting solution-oriented, conservative republican candidates.
Mik Lose
Democrat
I was a precinct captain prior to this campaign. This is my first time seeking political office.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No.
Mik Lose
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?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No.
Mik Lose
Democrat
No.
Why are you running for this office?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I am running for this office to serve the people of Kuna and Meridian and to be their voice in the Idaho State Senate.
Mik Lose
Democrat
I am running for office to unlock innovation that has been stifled by fear based policy. I believe Idaho is forging a new path in terms of our demographics. We are attracting people all across the economic and political spectrum to our state. I believe I bring a unique set of experiences that will help pave the path forward for an Idaho that stands up for Life, Liberty and Justice For All.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
My primary priority in the Idaho Legislature has always been to serve and help others. My top priority this session is to return greater local control to our duly elected local school boards by working to change the public school funding formula with a student-focused distribution model. My second priority is to reduce government regulation to make it easier for people to work and open their own business. My other top priority is to guard against unconstitutional legislation. I want to ensure that all ideas are vetted through the lens of our federal and state constitutions to ensure that the government is not overstepping its intentionally limited role.
Mik Lose
Democrat
I am going to be an advocate for education investment, agricultural diversity, economic innovation, public access to public lands and science based energy policy.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I believe my values and positions on the issues most closely reflect and align with the values of the residents of District 22. As a lifelong resident of the district, I have seen our area grow and change. I have a deep desire to assist in maintaining all the many things we love about our community while working to solve the challenges of the present and to create a future for our children.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Voters should support our bid for the Idaho State Senate because we believe in a Leadership Through Service approach. Our campaign is focused on how we can best serve the people. If we are fortunate enough to be elected to the Senate, we recognize that we will be the representative of all the people in District 22. We appreciate the people's support.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Yes. I believe the state should explore how it can partner with local communities when there is a demonstrated need for K-12 facilities. This need is particularly true for Public Charter Schools which do not have the ability to go to local voters with a bond proposal.
Mik Lose
Democrat
There is a mandate in our Idaho State Constitution that sets forth for an educated populace. I believe that having a state fund to support construction of new K-12 schools would help us uphold this portion of our Idaho Constitution. These decisions are best made at the local level with support from the State.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No. The threshold for imposing bond indebtedness is purposefully high because it has long lasting cost implications for property owners.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Having a two-thirds majority is a high bar. I'd like to see that voter approval be set at a more reasonable number. It is important that we don't alienate those that are well within their rights to participate in the political process.
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Yes. Last year, the state approved a budget of $576.8 million for our higher-ed institutions.
Mik Lose
Democrat
The cost of higher education keeps on rising. I'd like to see us move toward a model like the State of Tennessee has deployed with regard to making Community College Tuition and Fee-Free. In that regard, I think we have some room for improvement in terms of sufficiently funding our higher-ed Institutions in Idaho.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No.
Mik Lose
Democrat
If the goal is to have an educated populace, we should start planting the seeds of knowledge as soon as possible. If the state has the means to provide an education to pre-K pupils, we should do so. Early learning provides a foundation of knowledge that will help prepare our students for the local and global economies we live in.
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No. I believe the future of public transportation or transit will look dramatically different than current high-cost infrastructure systems. I do not believe it is in the best interests of the taxpayers of Idaho to heavily subsidize costly public transportation systems. I believe the state should work on policy that allows for innovative uses of existing public infrastructure.
Mik Lose
Democrat
The state has the Idaho Transportation Department that has as one of its goals to "Provide a mobility-focused transportation system that drives economic opportunity". I think the State already has resources dedicated to support public transportation. The local highway districts should be able to innovate for their needs.
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?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No. Cities and counties already have the ability to go to the voters to request bonding authority for the construction of these types of public safety projects. Prior to any consideration of local option taxing authority, the state needs to update the sales tax distribution formula (the money collected by the state and distributed to the cities and counties) to more accurately reflect our current economy and concentration of residents.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Yes. This type of tax relief would have an immediate positive impact on all household budgets.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I do not believe Medicaid expansion is the best solution to the current problem of able-bodied, working adults in Idaho who cannot afford health insurance. Expanding an existing system that is already broken is not the answer. Unfortunately, the voter initiative did not propose a funding mechanism for Medicaid expansion, and I believe our education budgets (over 60% of the state general fund budget) will suffer as a result. At this time, I would not support the funding of this initiative if it passes.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes, I support Medicaid Expansion to help cover those 60,000 plus Idahoans in the health insurance coverage gap.
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
While I support live horse racing in Idaho, I do not support the use of historical/instant horse racing machines. I do not believe slot machine style betting terminals are constitutional (Idaho Constitution, Article III, Section 20(2)), which is why I supported the repeal legislation in 2015.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes.
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I am open to considering changes to Idaho’s faith healing exemptions, but I would need to carefully review the exact language of any proposed legislation before making a final determination.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I do not support the legalization or decriminalization of recreational cannabis. I have supported and will continue to support the decriminalization of non-hallucinogenic Cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medical purposes.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes we do. We should be allowed to develop and explore the growing of industrial hemp. The domestic market for goods made from industrial hemp has the potential to result in economic gain for the people of Idaho's Legislative District 22. All of the hemp products (lotions, seeds, proteins, etc) are being imported from overseas when we could bring those economic dollars here.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
Idaho Code 18-3316(1) already criminalizes the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A misdemeanor conviction should not automatically result in the loss of one?s civil rights. I would support judicial discretion in sentencing to determine when or if an individual should have their civil liberties restricted.
Mik Lose
Democrat
Yes.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
We will need both short and long term solutions to solve the issue of overcrowding. As our population continues to grow, I believe we will need to address the basic infrastructure need of additional prison space, which could include building a new prison. In the short term, I believe we need to provide more community support services for newly released or paroled individuals to ensure that they can enter back into society and to reduce recidivism. Community services could include mental health supports and job and skill training. We also need to continue to examine mandatory minimum sentencing requirements and determine where greater judicial discretion is appropriate, particularly for non-violent offenses.
Mik Lose
Democrat
No. I think first we should examine our laws to determine if we should be incarcerating so many inmates in a prison facility. We could then utilize programs like work release to help reduce the prison population and help the transition to society. We could even enable some of these persons to become certified into our workforce labor trades that are in such high demand. Successful recidivism should be the main objective.
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?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I support changes to mandatory minimum sentences in order to provide for greater judicial discretion in sentencing.
Mik Lose
Democrat
I would be in favor of exploring changes to drug sentencing law to reduce the state's prison population. Our drug sentencing laws should be centered on rehabilitation of the individual as opposed to focused on time served.
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
No. Current market conditions, including the low unemployment rate, have driven actual wage per hour rates significantly above the mandatory minimum wage. According to the Idaho Department of Labor the statewide hourly entry wage rate for all occupations is $9.68.
Mik Lose
Democrat
If we are looking to keep pace with inflation, yes. We need to be cognizant regarding the impact raising the minimum wage will have on small business, but I do believe Idaho's minimum wage should be raised above $7.25.
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho?
Lori Den Hartog
Republican
I would support a disclosure that broadly identifies types and sources of income or investments in order to determine potential conflicts of interest.
Mik Lose
Democrat
I don't perceive personal financial disclosures as a prerequisite for someone to run as a statewide candidate for the people of Idaho at this time.