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Mike Duff of Blackfoot has announced his candidacy for the Idaho House of Representatives, Legislative District 31 Seat A. Legislative District 31 comprises all of Bingham County. Duff is seeking the seat left vacant by the retiring Representative Dennis Lake of Blackfoot.
â€śMy 30 years of government and political experience have uniquely trained me to serve the citizens of Bingham County and address the broad range of complex issues facing us all today,â€ť Duff said.
â€śOur children and grandchildren need the benefits of job creation and economic development. We must remove obstacles to economic development in Bingham County in order to create jobs and economic opportunity,â€ť Duff said.
â€śWe must also promote agriculture and protect water rights, enhance education, remove impediments to developing infrastructure, while implementing a flatter across-the-board state tax rate.â€ť
In the sophisticated legislative environment, Bingham Countyâ€™s issues can become lost without leadership from someone with great experience with the institution. Duff said, â€śIâ€™ve been an advocate at the legislature for the last 15 years, I have that experience in leadership.â€ť
Duff has spent his professional career in government, politics, agriculture, economics and pro-family advocacy. Nationally, he has experience in the United States Senate as an aide to former Idaho Senator Steve Symms, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and was appointed by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to work in their administrations as Confidential Assistant to their Secretaries of Agriculture. He also served under Vice President Dan Quayle on the National Space Council.
In Idaho, Duff has managed political campaigns for various elected offices including the 1994 victorious campaign of the late Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth. Duff has served as Bingham County Republican Central Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party County Chair Committee.
As president of United Families Idaho, the largest statewide pro-family advocacy group, Duff led the coalition to develop and successfully pass, in 2006, an amendment to the Idaho Constitution defending marriage and defining it as being between a man and a woman.
Duff recently concluded a term as president of United Families International defending the institution of the family, marriage, and the right to life for the innocent unborn. In this role, Duff led an international effort to protect these important family values at the United Nations and in nations around the world.
Duff currently operates a government relations consulting firm and a purebred Suffolk sheep seed stock operation He also serves as president of the Bingham County Livestock Marketing Association, is a member of the Idaho Woolgrowerâ€™s Association, Bingham County and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, is a former 4-H leader, Boy Scout leader, and foster parent. He and his wife Kandi have been married 29 years and are the parents of six children, and grandparents of two.
â€śOur family has a long history of public service. Our three sons and one son-in-law, currently serving in the United States Army (one in Afghanistan, one in Germany, and two at the United States Military Academy) are continuing that tradition of service,â€ť said Duff. â€śI also hope to continue that tradition of service in the Idaho Legislature.â€ť