Election Results

Lieutenant Governor

Candidate Votes Percentage
Kristin Collum (D) 240,292
40%
Janice McGeachin (R) 356,082
60%

Idaho Lt. Governor Survey Responses

Party
Janice McGeachin
Republican
Republican
Kristin Collum
Democratic
Democratic
Education
Janice McGeachin
Republican
Graduated from Skyline HS in Idaho Falls, Idaho. BSBA degree in Finance/Accounting University of Arizona
Kristin Collum
Democratic
05/1993: BS in Information Systems from University of Maryland University College, 1996-MS in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University. 5 Professional Certifications (Oracle Certified Professional Project Management Professional (PMP) Agile Certified Practitioner Certified Scrum Professional Certified ScrumMaster)
Occupation and relevant work experience
Janice McGeachin
Republican
Successful small business owner for 31 years, providing good paying jobs and opportunities for fifty Idaho families. Served as a State Representative for 10 years with a proven conservative record and experience with tax policy, budgeting, healthcare, and Medicaid. Helped navigate the state through the difficult recession of 2008.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
I have decades of leadership experience to draw on relevant to the executive role of Lt Governor. I served 12 years in the US Army in administrative positions in NATO and the Pentagon (with interactions with Congress), then as a Signal Officer platoon leader in an infantry division. I've spent 21 years in tech, working for Micron, HP, and Sensus, leading increasingly larger teams and more complex, international technical programs where I pulled together stakeholders, experts, and multiple teams to align on winning goals and complete the mission successfully. I keep organizations working harmonious and steadily while enforcing process and driving efficiencies.
Past political experience and campaigns
Janice McGeachin
Republican
Bonneville County Finance Director Senator Larry Craig Precinct Committee Officer Bonneville County Central Committee Member Bonneville County Republican Women State Representative District 32 Member Blaine County Republican Women 1st Vice Chair Trump Idaho Committee Trump National Delegate Republican National Convention 2016 Bonneville County State Committee Woman Affiliate Member Madison County Republican Women
Kristin Collum
Democratic
I have no political experience per se. While in the Army, I served 2 years in the Pentagon working for GEN Colin Powell on General/Flag Officer joint assignments, which were signed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent to the Senate for confirmation, and forwarded for final approval by the President of the United States. I am an Army veteran who proudly served my country and steps up now to serve the people of our state as a collaborator, a moderate, and fiscally responsible leader who gets things done.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Janice McGeachin
Republican
No
Kristin Collum
Democratic
No.
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
No
Kristin Collum
Democratic
No.
Why are you running for this office?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
I want to work hard to protect the strong, independent, and conservative Idaho in which many of us grew up and to which many are drawn. We love our state and if left alone by our government, we are happy and content to thrive and prosper. Like so many other women, we have worn many hats in our lives. We are wives, mothers, daughters, best friends, community activists, business owners, and public servants. We know that when we believe in ourselves, work hard, and build relationships with others, we will be successful no matter what we do in life. With the support of the voters in Idaho, I will be honored to serve once again as Lt. Governor of the great state of Idaho. Love America Love Idaho!
Kristin Collum
Democratic
I chose to run for office because I saw a great need for strong women leaders to directly participate in politics and become part of the decision-making, problem-solving, and governance of our state. Idaho deserves to have good, competitive choices for this very critical, open executive seat, and this position perfectly leverages my leadership, team-building, and project experience developed throughout my decades in two male-dominated fields: the military and the tech sector.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
1) Allowing individual success and prosperity with less government intrusion and policies that support economic growth. 2) Working with local educational institutions and the business community to foster job apprenticeship programs so that our kids will receive skills in the trades. Our goal in education should be to help prepare our kids for their future, no matter what path that might be. 3) I will be an advocate of respectful management of our state’s valuable natural resources, which will strengthen our rural communities.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
· Medicaid Expansion: When Prop 2 passes in November, it will be important to ensure the voter's will is respected and to get the identification and on-boarding implemented smoothly and quickly. · Cybersecurity: As a tech sector leader with cybersecurity knowledge and ties, I want to strengthen the state's currently at-risk cybersecurity program to ensure your personal data is protected and not at undo risk of being stolen and costing Idaho taxpayers millions. · Veterans: As a veteran, I will advocate for veterans on all issues, and to help connect veterans who need help with veterans programs and services that are available.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
There are major policy differences between myself and my opponent. I am more in line with Idaho’s conservative values when it comes to less government intrusion and policies that support economic growth. We greatly differ with respect on how to create prosperity in Idaho. I firmly don’t believe that an overreaching government hand is the answer. I am also an advocate of respectful management of our state’s valuable natural resources, lowering taxes, creating job apprenticeship programs and pro-life issues. When it comes to finding solutions that work best for Idaho, I have the needed experience in business and policy, have established relationships with the legislature, and will be better suited to represent Idaho within the Trump Administration.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
· I am the proven Lieutenant, who has proudly served my country and demonstrated my integrity, work ethic, and selfless service, and look forward to proudly serving Idaho. · I am the more experienced, seasoned leader, who has successfully led dozens of teams and critical programs in myriad fields and situations. · I am the moderate, who seeks to draw balance back to the middle, and collaborate in a unified and civil manner to solve real Idaho issues with Idaho's future and our children in mind.
The lieutenant governor serves as acting governor when the governor is out of state, and can sign or veto bills. In that role, would you follow your conscience, or the governor's instructions?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
I will be working with the governor. I will always know who I am working for, and that is the taxpayer and the citizen of Idaho.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
There are too many variables to answer this question definitively; however, I would always seriously consider the Governor's perspective, and above all, the will of the people to whom I am ultimately accountable. I could imagine a corner case where I may have overriding concerns that, for the best of Idaho, I would take a stand on its behalf. Examples would be fiscal concerns over affordability or litigation costs due to unlawfulness.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho?s state grocery tax?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
Yes
Kristin Collum
Democratic
If any tax relief is to be had, it should be for Idaho working families in the form of a state grocery tax repeal instead of tax breaks mostly benefiting large corporations and the wealthy. Based on the tax reductions approved this year, Idaho may actually have a short-fall in revenue next year, so, unfortunately, I see it unlikely to be an option on the table in 2019.
Do you support or oppose the Medicaid expansion initiative on the November ballot? Why?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
I am opposed to the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The initiative is problematic because there is no funding mechanism attached for the voters to consider how they will pay for the expansion. Currently, our education budgets are being squeezed by the growth in the Medicaid budget. I do not believe that socialized medicine and government mandated health insurance will bring about better and less costly healthcare. I will focus on policies which help to reduce costs and improve access to care for ALL Idahoans.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
Support. As a candidate, I've traveled to every county in this state and heard heart-breaking stories from folks of their family members, friends, or neighbors - working people in the gap who make too much to be covered by Medicaid but not enough to receive a tax credit to afford health insurance - who have had catastrophic health issues or delayed treatments resulting in tragedy because they have no health insurance options. Cost will be covered mostly by Federal tax dollars we've already paid as well as State dollars, which would be balanced out by reductions in the CAT fund and County Indigent funds as well as tax revenue. It will protect our vulnerable rural hospitals from closing their doors, and will make our state more attractive to medical and mental health professionals, who are in great shortage. It's an absolute win all-around, endorsed by key stakeholders and experts, and driven onto the ballet through grass-roots, volunteer efforts
Do you support or oppose the effort to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho? Why?
Janice McGeachin
Republican
It is public record that, as a State Representative, I voted against pari-mutual betting on historical horse racing machines. I invest money rather than gamble with it. The language in the initiative has been clarified. The people of Idaho and our courts will decide on this issue.
Kristin Collum
Democratic
While I will support the will of the people if it passes, my one vote on this issue is no. As I visited each county in the state this year, this topic seldom got raised and only a couple of people, directly tied to the historic horse racing industry, advocated for it. It was not grass-roots powered as Medicaid Expansion was. While reading the proposition and weighing the pros and cons, I did not find the very small half a percent going to education as enough justification to pass it, especially when it is highly likely to be litigated at Idahoan's expense.