Gallagher announces Idaho House re-election bid

Jacyn Gallagher recently announced she is running for re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives. She won the Dist. 9, Seat A, position in 2022, running on a campaign fueled by her desire to ensure that traditional Idaho values continue to define the political landscape while preventing Idaho from slipping into patterns that have led other conservative states to ‘flip’ from red to blue ones. Courtesy photo
Philip A. Janquart
Weiser resident Jacyn Gallagher has announced her intention to seek re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2024. 
 She beat former Dist. 9, House Seat A, representative Ryan Kerby in the May 2022 Republican Primary and was elected in the November 2022 general election. Gallagher currently serves on the Agricultural Affairs, Health and Welfare, and Judiciary, Rules, and Administration committees. 
 “I want to continue the path that I started, to maintain the conservative values of Idaho; that’s what I did last (legislative) session and I’ll do it again,” she told the Signal American last week.
 Gallagher made the announcement publicly for the first time on Thursday evening during the ConservativesOf: Washington County Legislative Update event held at the Bee Tree Folk School in Weiser. 
 She was part of a panel that included Rep. Judy Boyle (Midvale) and Senate candidate Brandon Shippy (New Plymouth). Shippy plans to challenge Abby Lee for Idaho’s Senate, Dist. 9 seat. 
 The Legislative Update was intended to give the public an opportunity to ask questions regarding a number of issues and concerns currently dominating Idaho politics. 
 Gallagher’s 2022 candidacy centered on a platform based on core values and principles, Gallagher vowing that she, “would not be bought or influenced by the offer of power and position.” 
 She also promised to work toward cutting taxes and reducing government spending and when considering proposed legislation would apply a “four-question filter” that asked, “Is it moral, does it align with God’s word; is it Constitutional, both at the state and federal level; does it grow government; and does it increase the financial burden on the citizens of the state?”
 Gallagher said she has seen what has happened to other states such as California, Oregon, and Colorado and is concerned that the same “flip” from a historically Republican dominant state to a Democratic controlled one could happen in Idaho and change the fabric of politics here for the unforeseen future.
 “Idaho has a target on its back and a lot of money is being spent to rid the legislature of conservatives. I don’t want that to happen here, and I feel there are a lot of people who are not paying attention. The feeling, I think, is that as long as you vote for someone with an ‘R’ next to their name, it’s all going to be good. But that’s how we got where we are today.”
 Gallagher cited what she described as a struggle within Idaho’s Republican party where a number of representatives purportedly vote more like Democrats.
 “There is a huge battle in the Republican party between the conservatives and, for lack of a better word, the not-so-conservatives, people who are backed by big business, big ag, big pharma, and big real estate, so it’s a huge battle and what makes me want to keep going is what I’ve seen happen in other states that were traditionally conservative,” she said.
 Gallagher added that now, more than ever, Idahoans must know their representatives, how they are voting and what they really represent as politicians. More than anything, Idaho conservative voters must get to the polls and cast their respective votes to ensure that liberalism and the erosion of conservative values do not overtake the state as it has in others across the nation.
 “I’m concerned about the whole country, but we’ve got to keep Idaho, Idaho,” she said. “I just think there are a lot of people who don’t understand the severity of the situation.”
 Rumors are circulating that Gallagher will face a local opponent in the 2024 elections, although the prospective unnamed candidate has not yet made an official announcement. The Signal American will provide more information. as details emerge.


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