INTERVIEW: Local, retired BYU-Idaho professor seeks to unseat Jeff Thompson

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Gary Marshall is a candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives in Legislative District 30A. Prior to announcing his bid for the seat currently held by Represenative Jeff Thompson, Marshall worked as a professor at Brigham Young University – Idaho. He’s worked in education for over 40 years and spoke with NealĀ  Larson and Julie Mason about his platform.

You can listen to the full interview below.



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A local, retired Brigham Young University – Idaho professor is seeking to unseat Idaho House Representative Jeff Thompson.

“I’ve thought about this for a long time,” Gary Marshall, a candidate for Idaho Legislative District 30A and a former BYU-Idaho professor, told KID Newsradio. “I’ve been teaching American government, and American history and constitutional government to students for forty plus years and all the time I would tell them to step up and do the right thing and participate and you know, in some cases of sacrifice for the good…I’ve always wanted serve in the legislature…I really want to be helpful. I really want to be part of the process and do all the things that I’ve asked kids to do for so many years.”

Marshall’s campaign has already felt some of the heat after the Idaho Freedom Foundation decided to launch an attack against Representative Jeff Thompson. But, Marshall has distanced himself from the attack, saying he wants the campaign to be about policies and candidate merit, instead of mudslinging.

“I was a little surprised at the Freedom Foundation,” Marshall said. “I haven’t seen any of the mailers but I’ve been surprised that they’ve come out against Thompson. Yeah, I mean after all, this year, voted ninety percent the way they wanted him to…I’m just gonna to keep telling people, look Jeff Thompson’s been in the legislature for ten years. I think it’s time for a new voice and a fresh and and I think I’m bringing to the table that kind of experience broad experience, life experience.”

Not surprisingly, among the issues Marshall says he’s passionate about include education.

“I’ve stayed very closely involved with the public school system,” Marshall said. “We have to attract and retain quality teachers. There’s nothing more important than what happens in the classroom between a group of students and a teacher. A teacher is the most important component in education. So education going to be a passion me. I want to figure out how we do this a little better in Idaho, especially attracting and retaining good teachers.”

Among other issues Marshall says he’s committed to defending include the Second Amendment, limited government, lower taxes and healthcare reform.

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