In the contest for Fremont County Commissioner, three people are vying to be their party’s nominee.
Richard Roberson of Salem and Rick Hill of St. Anthony are challenging Republican incumbent Jordon Stoddard in the primary.
Each contender received the same eight questions from EastIdahoNews.com. Their comments have to be 250 words or fewer, unedited. Stoddard declined to participate, but the replies of Roberson and Hill are presented here.
On May 17, there will be a primary election. On November 8, the general election will be held.
Roberson: I was born and raised in Tennessee. I earned a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. In 1978, I relocated to the west and began working for the Forest Service. After 35 years as a forester at the District level, I retired. I was in charge of wood and mineral management, as well as recreation and trails, as well as special uses. I’ve been a resident of Idaho for 34 years.
Since retirement, I’ve worked part-time with the Madison Fire Department, completing yearly fire hydrant inspections around the county and teaching people in chainsaw use.
Cindy is my wife, and we have four children and twelve grandkids. I’m a big snowmobiler, and one of my favorite things to do is take the grandchildren for a ride and a hotdog roast.
Hill: I’ve lived in Fremont County my entire life. Fremont County was where I went to school. I’ve been a farmer for 40 years and a contractor for 27 years. For the past 20 years, I’ve owned and managed rental homes. I recently retired. I served on the Fremont County School Board for six years, the St. Anthony City Council for ten years, including eight years as Finance Chairman, seven years as Chairman of Pioneer Day, and seven years as President of the UVYA. I also served on the county snowmobile advisory group. Leadership Idaho Agriculture was a program in which I participated.
Hill: My family, as well as my relationships with wonderful friends and neighbors. The opportunity to serve and collaborate with wonderful people. As I’ve worked in these many capacities, I’ve valued the relationships I’ve formed and the lessons I’ve gained from others.
Roberson: The management of the natural resource regions I was responsible for, for the benefit of the American public on three National Forests in three states, was one of my finest professional successes.
My family, wife, children, and grandchildren are my biggest personal achievements.
Roberson: I’m a Republican Party member because their agenda best aligns with my principles.
I think that elected officials at all levels of government should be attentive to the demands of the public and answer to the people, not special interest groups or campaign contributors. Because elected leaders aren’t listening to the public, approval ratings for all levels of government have continued to fall across the country. I want to see individuals in our county participate in choices that will effect our children, grandkids, and future generations.
Hill: My political affiliation is Republican. I identify as a conservative. I attempt to think carefully with public money and manage money and staff effectively. I am neither extreme in either direction.
Hill: I believe a commissioner’s job is to handle the county’s business. You must listen to citizens, be educated about concerns, and collaborate with your colleagues to develop the greatest solutions to the problems we confront.
County Commissioners are the primary policymakers of the county. They are in charge of the county’s administration, operations, and management. They represent the county’s interests at the state and federal levels, as well as participate in long-range planning and budgeting. At regular county commissioner meetings as well as state and federal events, they represent the county’s people’ interests.
Hill: I believe we should listen to all constituent concerns and then collaborate to find a solution. What can be done is often limited by legal or economical limits. However, I believe that direct, honest dialogue between people is the key to resolving many conflicts.