VOTE! REPUBLICAN PRIMARY May 17, 2022

Principled Leadership

For Bonner County Commissioner, District 3

Republican

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Why am I running for Bonner County Commissioner? Bonner County is home. We have been discovered and are facing new and old challenges as we continue to grow. When my family arrived in 1979, this too was the case. This is the history of our state and the Republic. Stewardship of our natural resources with prudent governance is required for us to prepare our county for its future. The motto of Idaho, “Esto Perpetua-may she (Idaho) endure forever,” should always be foremost in our minds as we consider the impact of our decisions today and how they will impact future generations. I have faithfully served the United States and Idaho for 23 years as a soldier and public educator. I am prepared, experienced, and willing to continue my service to Idaho and our country as a Bonner County Commissioner.

What does a County Commissioner do? The Board of County Commissioners (also referred to as the BOCC or Board) is the governing body of Bonner County. Consisting of three elected officials, the Board serves as the taxing authority, the contracting body, and the chief administrators of public funds. Among other duties, the Board ensures compliance with state and federal laws, enacts local ordinances, and secures professional services for the county.

My Priorities Are:

PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE, TRADITIONS, AND QUALITY OF LIFE BY PLANNING, PREPARING, AND INVESTING IN BONNER COUNTY'S FUTURE

The Rule of Law

United States Constitution Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.

We must follow the law. The laws of our nation, state, and county are written by the leaders that we elect. We get the government that we deserve if we elect them. Article I of the Idaho State Constitution begins with the Declaration of Rights and among those are: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit.” 

James Madison was absolutely correct in Federalist 51 when he wrote, “If all men were angels no government would be necessary.”

Responsible Growth

We are the stewards of our lands. We have a responsibility to protect private property rights and to maintain our rural values and character. Idaho law places this responsibility squarely on the shoulders of local leadership. Our Comprehensive Plan and regulations must be updated, followed, and reflect the will of the people.

Labor and Infrastructure

There is a labor shortage in Bonner County. We are competing for talent in a market where housing costs are rising far faster than wages. Demographic trends coupled with economic conditions suggest that this condition will continue to accelerate. Basic economics dictates that these conditions encourage a young and mobile labor force to seek areas where they can afford to live and raise a family. As a county, we have hard decisions in our immediate future.

Civil, Pragmatic, Principled Leadership

America, Idaho, and Bonner County were formed with very specific principles and ideals. The duty of a county commissioner is clearly defined in Idaho Code; local government should focus on fulfilling this role. The authority of a county commissioner is written into the law, passed by the Idaho legislature, signed by the governor, and upheld by our court system. We the people of Bonner County select our commissioners to administer the county’s business. Elected leaders should listen to resident’s concerns, research and evaluate questions before the board of commissioners, and make ethical, civil, pragmatic common-sense decisions. How we treat people matters. 

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Omodt for Bonner County Commissioner

Hometown Political Gardener = building relationships, raising our kids, and supporting Bonner County

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To the concerned citizen(s) who worry about my ability to recite the entire pledge of allegiance. I say it every day in my classroom with Idaho students and I live it every day. I spent three years in warzones and wore that flag on my arm for decades. Much of my family still does. This candidate has faults, lying is not one of them. For those TROLLS who want to LIE about my relationship with God. I didn't see you while I was at church on Sunday with three generations of Bonner County sitting in the same pew as we have for decades. My Christianity doesn't involve slithering on my stomach and speaking with a forked tongue. For some of us, public service has been part of our lives for decades. Good grief. ... See MoreSee Less
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Bonner County is our home

Whether you are new to 7B or old school Bonner County, welcome. My family’s story is the story of America, a family chasing their version of their American dream looking for a place to call home. Mom and Dad drove across the Long Bridge in 1979 and never left. I grew up going to the woods with my Dad who worked as a forester for McFarland Cascade. Mom worked nights at Bonner General Hospital as a nurse in OB. In high school and college, I worked at McFarland Cascade on Baldy Mountain road to pay for tuition. You will now find the Omodt’s at Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm. Look for us in the 4th of July parade. God Bless America.

Kami’s family moved here to escape the Dust Bowl in the late 1930s. Her grandfather was called to serve in WWII after Pearl Harbor from Sandpoint where he served in the Pacific. My father-in-law, Dan Blood, served in the Air National Guard before becoming a firefighter for the City of Sandpoint.

I attended Northside Elementary. Kami, her mom, and now our girls are attending Washington Elementary.  We both graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1995. 

All of our stories are different but we are all united by the land that we share, Bonner County.   

  • We have a responsibility to prepare for the future of Bonner County
  • County Commissioners must follow Idaho Law
  • County government should be civil, predictable, and transparent

Bonner County Government should demonstrate:

Transparency

  • - Planning & Zoning processes should be transparent
  • - Meetings should be efficient

Responsible Growth

  • - Update the Comprehensive Plan
  • - Update the zoning/regulation to comply with the Comprehensive Plan

Safe Roads & Efficient Taxes

  • - roads must be maintained and improved to meet current demands
  • -we must maintain fiscal accountability

I want to EARN your vote

“What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”
    – Alexander Hamilton

We get the government that we elect. I have been a public servant my entire career. Your support will help to move Bonner County in the direction you choose. If you like what you read, tell a friend, coworker, or family member to check out this site.

If you have questions about my candidacy send me a message, I will get back to you.

 

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