Elaine King Announces Candidacy For State Representative
Elaine King, of Sugar City, has announced her candidacy for state representative in the May 15, 2018, primary election. She will run for Seat B of District 34, currently occupied by Rep. Dell Raybould.
District 34 includes Madison County, including Rexburg and Sugar City, and Iona, Ucon, southern Ririe and various rural areas in Bonneville County.
King, 64, is the first candidate to announce plans to run for the legislative seat, with the deadline for filing March 9. Raybould, 84, has not disclosed whether he will seek re-election.
According to her website (elainekingforidaho.com), King opposes Common Core curriculum and the practice of state committee chairs delaying or ignoring bills by keeping them in their desk. She also opposes unnecessary spending and believes taxes could be reduced.
King is a long-time participant in the local, state and federal political process. She has chaired the Madison County Republican Central Committee and the Legislative District 34 Committee.
As a member of the Idaho State GOP Standing Rules Committee, King helped to move the Idaho Presidential Primary to an earlier date and recently drafted bills for the Idaho 2016-2017 Legislative Session.
In 2016, King served as an elected delegate to the Republican National Convention in Ohio and was a grassroots whip on the GOP National Rules Committee.
She has been president of Madison County Republican Women, a member of a Madison County ordinance-writing committee, a member of the Eastern Idaho Education Forum, and an elected precinct leader.
“My first vote was for Ronald Reagan, and I have been a Reagan Conservative ever since,” she said. “I became interested in politics in junior high school, and most of my work has been at the grassroots level.”
King believes government is best when closest to the people.
“We need to stand firm and repeal Common Core,” King said. “Initially, it may have been well-intentioned, but this program fails to teach essential reading and math fundamentals, requires ineffective SBAC testing and promotes left-leaning ideology.
“Idaho knows what is best for its students. It doesn’t need states like California and New York to shape our curriculum’s core educational values.”
King would like to help end the practice of committee chairs delaying or ignoring proposed bills, which prevents committees of state representatives from voting on them. In addition, she would like to further promote traditional conservative values.
In other community service, King created the Sugar-Salem Parent Advisory Committee and the Sugar-Salem Tennis Team. She has worked with youth and adults in various church organizations, most recently promoting community service through refugee donations and organizing volunteers to plan and implement events for the solar eclipse.
A California native, King earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis and completed graduate work in education at San Francisco State University. She taught elementary school in Provo, Utah, before making Idaho her home for the past 30 years.
The candidate is married to Bruce King, a fourth-generation Idahoan, who grew up on a farm north of Arco and is currently serving on the Sugar City Council. They are the parents of five grown children and currently have 16 grandchildren.
To contact Elaine King, visit her website (elainekingforidaho.com) or message her on Facebook at Elaine King for Idaho.
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