An Afternoon With Russ Fulcher
On January 22nd, I had the opportunity to attend one of Russ Fulcher’s Meet and Greets at the home of the Engelhardts in Sagle. Fulcher is running for Idaho’s First U.S. Congressional District, being vacated by Raul Labrador who is running for Idaho’s Governor. Russ Fulcher introduced himself to the Idahoans in attendance and provided some background information on himself before opening the venue up for questions from those in attendance.
Russ grew up on an Idaho farm whose family has farmed for over 100 years in the Meridian area. After graduating from Meridian High School he earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from Boise State University in business. He also earned a certificate in electrical engineering theory. He worked at Micron Technology when it was just a start-up company which only had three customers. While working at Micron Technology for 15 years, he traveled all 50 states and 47 countries doing marketing as well as site evaluations, providing him with insight into other cultures and important perspectives regarding the workings of other governments.
Fulcher has been married to his wife Kara for 30 years and they have three adult children. He served as a Senator in the Idaho Senate representing the Treasure Valley for 10 years and his conservative voting record speaks for itself with proven leadership and an unwavering proponent of conservative values. He understands and promotes ethical leadership and believes that those elected to office need to serve the people, not themselves. He spoke of his “servant’s heart” and has no intention of ever becoming a lifelong politician, but to return to his roots in Idaho after working for the people. Russ said he is an Evangelical Christian and that the two things that are non-negotiable for him are his stance on Pro-life and our Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is the people’s right to bear arms.
Russ mentioned that he very much enjoys meeting with Idahoans in venues such as this as the people can ask the questions that are important to them and it gives him the opportunity to meet with Idahoans all over the state. The meet and greet was then turned over to those in attendance to ask the questions regarding issues of concern to them, and the questions began.
Fulcher spoke of his belief that our U.S. Constitution was created through divine providence and that if a Con-Con (Constitutional Convention) is ever called that our Constitution could be tampered with and would then be irreparable. He believes that many elected officials don’t follow the Constitution now, and asked the question: “What would they follow if it was changed?”
Russ spent quite a bit of time talking about Idaho lands that are owned/controlled by the federal government which is about 63% statewide. Russ asserted that this is a major issue for him, knowing that if the shift is made responsibly for Idaho’s natural resources from the federal government to the people of Idaho that this will “reduce Idaho’s dependence on a broke and broken federal government.” Fulcher promised that he would work to ensure that Idaho’s resources are “accessible, protected and managed in a way that benefits the people of Idaho.” By doing so, Idaho “would not have to rely on PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) and Idahoans can use their natural resources more wisely to keep wildfires in check, to create higher paying jobs, protect the environment by managing lands responsibly and keep the federal government from selling off our natural resources.”
When asked about immigration, which seemed to be a concern of a number of folks in attendance, Russ stated that there should be an end to “chain migration” and spoke about the security component involved regarding immigration. He stated that “if someone wants to come to the USA to become a citizen, that they need to “do it by the book and to follow US Laws.” He stated that they need to live by the same rules as everyone else. Russ believes that terrorism is an existential threat to the United States and our people. One of the core purposes of the U.S. Constitution is to protect and defend the people and territory of the USA. Defense is also critical to ensure that our liberties, freedoms, commerce and way of life are preserved. To do this, we must ensure that our military remains strong, well-trained, fully equipped and ready to protect and defend our country.
In response to a suggestion that he let folks know what is needed to vote in the primary for any Republican, Russ explained that because the primary is “closed” and if someone is not a registered Republican that they would not be able to vote for any Republicans at all in the primary which will be on May 15th, 2018. According to the Bonner County Clerk, those wishing to register as a Republican should do so by March 9, 2018. For further information regarding the elections, information can be accessed at: https://sos.idaho.gov/elect/index.html.
When Russ was asked about his campaign, he was happy to report that he believes that it is going quite well. He has been endorsed by the pro-conservative group “Club for Growth” as well as “Freedom Works” and the U.S. House Freedom Caucus. He mentioned that they need help by grassroots folks like the ones in attendance to put up signs, pass out fliers, have Meet and Greets, write letters of support to the various publications, and that any and all financial contributions are very much welcomed and appreciated. He also stated that an informed populace that are involved and engaged is paramount.
To access further information on Russ Fulcher, go to: www.RussFulcher.com.
There will be a U.S. Congressional forum for the six candidates running for District 1 in Idaho, which will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 1:00 pm at the Coeur d’Alene library, 702 E. Front St. This forum is being hosted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. This will be an opportunity to listen to the candidates and ask your questions.
Donna Capurso is the Owner/Broker of
Selkirk Mountain Real Estate
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