Kirsten Collum

Kristin Collum

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kristin Collum, of Boise, is making campaign stops in eastern Idaho as part of her challenge to Republican candidate Janice McGeachin, of Idaho Falls.

“I am visiting all 44 counties, and right now I’m at 23,” she said. “Idaho Falls is a big part of making sure people around the state know me and that I know the concerns of the people of Idaho.”

Collum, who defeated solar farmer Jim Fabe in the Democratic primary, said she’s found many people around the state have the same concerns.

“They’re rooted in education, health care, public lands — all things I’m passionate about,” she said.

Collum said in the health care arena, in particular, there’s a major difference between herself and McGeachin.

“There’s one key difference: Medicaid expansion,” she said. “Proposition 2 made it, and it’s going to be on the ballot this year. Seventy-six percent of Idahoans have indicated they support it. It’s going to be passed by the voters. I’m a petition collector, and I’m passionate about getting Medicaid coverage for the working poor. ... She’s been the one who got it on the GOP platform this year to say ‘no’ to it.”

Collum, who served 12 years in the U.S. Army, pointed out that she’s the veteran in the race. Her military experience, she said, engendered a commitment to “service before self.”

“We see our country so divided; it’s being torn apart,” she said. “It’s part of our (veterans’) nature to piece it back together, to pull people together to work through the problems and get the job done.”

Collum is making campaign stops throughout the region including in St. Anthony, Chubbuck, Downey, Montpelier and Soda Springs.

Government reporter Bryan Clark can be reached at 208-542-6751.


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