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Raul Labrador: Idaho is ready for a governor who will get government out of the way

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador

I love Idaho! I am in awe of its majestic mountains, beautiful rivers and streams, never-ending rich farm lands, rugged canyons and stunning views. But more importantly, I am in awe of the people of Idaho. Idahoans are strong, resilient, innovative, kind and very compassionate people. Idaho is a wonderful place to live and work, but I believe it is ready and anxious to soar into the future.

I'm running for governor because Idaho needs a proven conservative leader with a vision for a stronger and more prosperous Idaho. Idaho is ready for a governor who will get government out of the way. Government regulations and taxes have stifled growth; politicians in power have passed out favors to the well connected; and education and health care have been crippled by federal mandates. My vision for a stronger Idaho unleashes the raw potential of our state.

Idaho needs a leader in the governor’s office who will fight to restore citizen control of our government, buck the establishment and end cronyism in Idaho. For too long special-interest groups and crony capitalists have lined their own pockets with your tax dollars. We need a leader who will hold people accountable, make government more efficient, more transparent and fully open for citizen review.

My conservative vision will make Idaho stronger and more prosperous than we ever imagined. I want Idaho to truly be a land of unbounded opportunity for everyone, not just a select few. A place where our children believe they can accomplish remarkable things tomorrow, regardless of their circumstances today.

All around this state you can feel the excitement of the people that are ready for dynamic, conservative leadership to propel us to greater prosperity and growth. I know that conservative principles make people’s lives better, because they unlock people’s full potential. Idaho needs a leader who has succeeded in defending and implementing conservative policies, not just slick politicians who make empty campaign promises.

To reach this goal Idaho needs a governor who’s trustworthy, a proven conservative leader with a consistent record. My record is clear, consistent and open for all to see. We need a leader who isn’t afraid to make tough decisions and stand up for what is right no matter the consequences. Someone with the courage to opt out of Obamacare, end Common Core, cut taxes and regulations, and stand up to the good ol’ boys club once and for all.

I’ve been honored to represent the people of Idaho in Congress. Over the years you’ve come to know me. You have watched me fight for you and not the special interests. You watched me deliver on my promises. You know I always tell the truth. You know exactly what to expect from me. You know you can trust me.

Now, I ask you to join me in this fight for Idaho's future. Together, let's make Idaho strong!

You can read about my Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho at

1st District Congressman Raul Labrador is a Republican candidate for governor.