Savala, Edward

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Edward Savala, MD

Democrat

Age: 67

Family: Wife-Rosa, Daughters-Rebecca & Renae, Son-Richard

Education: Medical School

Occupation: Physician

Past relevant political experience: None

Have you ever filed bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.

No

Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included) If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?

No

Why are you running for this office?

To stand up for the middle class and less fortunate.

What are your top three priorities, if elected?

Health Care, Education, and Jobs

Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?

Because of my experience in health care, education, and jobs.

Given that K-12 public education funding is back at pre-recession levels, do you think the state should continue to increase funding for K-12 public education? Why or why not?

Yes, education at any level is and should be a high priority. It is as important to our community and our nation as any military defense system.

Idaho’s “go on” rate fell from 2012 to 2014. Do you think the state is in jeopardy of not meeting its goal of a 60 percent go on rate by 2020? If so, what can and should the state do to improve?

Idaho may or may not be meeting it's goal relative to "Idaho's go on rate". The focus should be to continue to try to achieve it. It should be a very high priority goal. As always funding and proper management should be continuously reviewed.

Would you vote in favor of legislation that criminalizes the actions of parents or guardians who decline to seek medical treatment for their children in favor of relying on faith healing practices? Why or why not?

No, the young patient's life is the main concern and that's where our focus should be.

What should Idaho do, if anything, to address the needs of the 78,000 Idahoans who fall in the Medicaid gap?

Medicaid is essential for many Idaho families. The large number of families and individuals that fall through the gap, should be helped. As with any program cost will determine which services can be offered.

What would you do as a legislator to increase funding for road and infrastructure projects in Canyon County?

All that is possible, we owe it to our constituents to compromise if need be in order to not delay important local and state road and highway projects.

The state of Idaho offers tax breaks and credits for new and expanding businesses through the Tax Reimbursement Incentive program. Do you support this program? Why or why not?

Yes, as of now. We need new business to be developed and to relocate in Idaho. At the same time we have to make sure we do not give too much away in order to have them locate in Idaho.

Would you support efforts to bring some federal lands under state control? If so, how should the state pay for the cost of maintaining them?

Not sure at this time. It's not a high priority issue and there are more pressing issues that need to be paid for.

Should Idaho fund pre-kindergarten education? Why or why not?

Yes, if it can be shown that it actually helps us improve our educational standings and helps parents as a secondary benefit.

Should the state Legislature enact more laws that further reform urban renewal in Idaho? Why or why not?

Urban renewal when applied properly does help communities. To reform policies requires a review of various involved agency proposals.

Should the state eliminate the two-thirds supermajority threshold for bond measures? Why or why not?

Yes, when it comes to funding school.

Should the state fund more behavioral health centers, like the one in Twin Falls? Would you support having one in Canyon County?

Yes and Yes

Legislation regulating bounty hunters passed the House and a Senate committee last session but died in the Senate. Would you support legislation regulating bounty hunters and if so, to what extent?

Would like more information regarding proposed regulations.

Currently, certain aerial fireworks are legally available for purchase in Idaho but are illegal to use in Idaho. However, they are widely used, causing fires and damage to land and property. Would you support a stricter clampdown on the existing law or would you favor getting rid of the law altogether?

I would allow fireworks, but would apply stiff fines for those causing fire damage.

Idaho hate crime law does not include crimes against LGBT residents. Should it? Why or why not?

Yes, because of my faith.

Would you support adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s non-discrimination law? Why or why not?

Probably, but would like to study the different opinions more.

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