R. David Moore, Blackfoot's chief of police, has filed as a candidate for District Seat A in the Idaho House of Representatives.
"There seems to be a loss of contact with the constituents, Moore said. "I see a lot of personal agendas in the Idaho legislature right now. I want to represent the constituents of Bingham County."
Moore, a native of Pocatello, has been Blackfoot's chief of police since 1997. He worked in safeguards and security management at the Idaho National Laboratory from 1992 to 1997. He has also worked as a training officer for the Nevada Peace Officers and Standards Training Academy and as an officer for the Chubbuck Police Department.
"Over the past 15 years I have served in numerous capacities that I feel makes me a good candidate as a representative of Bingham County," Moore said. He has served on legislative committees for the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, often being involved in bills that have been touchy.
For example, he sponsored Senate Bill 1243 dealing with "video voyeurism" which is now part of Idaho code and has been used around the state. He also had a role in rewriting Idaho Code 31-4815 which formed the Idaho Emergency Communication Commission. That law helped provide better 911 coverage around the state.
"I feel like the knowledge and abilities I have gained in this process would assist me in representing Bingham County in the House of Representatives," Moore said.
He is married and has three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.
His wife works for Blackfoot School District 55 and Moore, who has a master's degree in education from Idaho State University, said he has a love of education at all levels.
"We need to be careful with what we are doing with our school funding," he said. "Being ranked 48th or 49th in the nation is not acceptable. That needs to be addressed.
"The legislature has cut so many state agencies to the bone and it's sad to see some of them in legislative hearings having to beg for money to keep providing a service to the citizens of Idaho," he said.
Moore concluded, "I don't know all the ins and outs of the tax problems for the state but I have a lot of good contacts.
"I will to make the right decisions for the right reasons," he said. "I learned this from a mentor, Mayor Mike Virtue. All issues should not be party-driven."