Guest Opinions

Peter Dill, Democratic candidate for governor: Vote with future generations in mind

The most competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary since 1998 includes Paulette Jordan, Peter Dill and AJ Balukoff.
The most competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary since 1998 includes Paulette Jordan, Peter Dill and AJ Balukoff.

My name is Peter Dill. I’m running for governor of Idaho as a conservative Democrat, and want to share a few insights into this year’s political climate.

First, I have been saddened by the fractured and polarized political environment — even within parties. I fail to see how mud-slinging and narrow special interests can promote the common good of Idaho and set an example for our youth.

Second, I have been surprised at how many key topics are not being discussed — with environmental stewardship topping that list. For example, beyond being for or against “public lands” I don’t see candidates discussing sustainable mining, safe water solutions or solar energy. These are major health care and economic drivers.

Third, there seem to be “taboo” subjects which cannot be calmly and thoroughly discussed such as respect for life, school safety and school choice. We need to beware of politics that are shallow and short-sighted, because they shape our policies and and our policy makers.

I believe there is a better way, one where we respectfully and thoughtful listen and learn before we speak and act. This Tuesday, May 15, let’s be an electorate who thinks and votes with future generations in mind.

Peter Dill is a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary.
  Comments