US Representative, 1st Congressional District
Candidates' Debate: Tuesday October 24, 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT (90 minutes)
Qualifications: 25 years of age; U.S. citizen for at least seven years; Idaho resident
Term of office: Two years
Salary: Approximately $168,000 in 2007
Duties: Assess and collect taxes; regulate commerce, both interstate and foreign; pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; coin money; establish post offices; establish courts inferior to the Supreme Court; declare war; and raise and maintain an army and navy. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
Larry Grant
Larry Grant
Andy Hedden-Nicely
Andy Hedden-Nicely
  • Born 1946 in Boise, Idaho
  • Married to Pam
  • Father of one, grandfather of two
  • Education
  • J.D. University of Denver law school, 1971
  • B.A. Columbia University, 1968
  • Professional Experience
  • Vice President and General Counsel to VLSI Technology, 1996-1998
  • Vice President and General Counsel to Micron Technology, 1985- 1995
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Frank Church Institute, 2004 to present
  • On the Finance Committee for Senate candidate Walt Minnick, 1996
  • Treasurer for Congressman Larry LaRocco, 1994
  • Finance Chairman for Congressman Richard Stallings, 1992
  • Born in 1955 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Married
  • Father of two
  • Education
  • B.S. in Journalism, Oklahoma State University, 1977
  • Professional Experience
  • Owner/President, HNA Impression Management, 1986-present
  • Owner/Publisher, Boise Weekly, 1992-1998
  • Communication Manager, First Interstate Bank, 1984-1985
  • Graphic Communications Manager, J.R. Simplot Company, 1981-1984
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Treasurer, Idaho Export Council, 2003-present
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood Association of Idaho, 2005-2006
  • Board Member, Work Source Investment Board, 2002-2005
  • Cub Master, Boy Scouts of America, First United Methodist Church, 1996-1998
  • Member, Finance Committee, Hillview United Methodist Church, 1987-1990
  • Leader, Junior/Senior High Youth Group, Hillview United Methodist Church, 1987- 1990
  • Teacher, Senior High Sunday School, Hillview United Methodist Church, 1987-1990
  • Member, Rotary Club

Dave Olson
Dave Olson
Bill Sali
Bill Sali
  • Born 1952 in Peoria, Illinois
  • Education
  • B.S. University of Idaho, degrees in Political Science, 2002 and Criminal Justice, 2004
  • Professional Experience
  • Hotel and Casino Security 1990-1997
  • Military Experience
  • Master Sergeant in U.S. Air Force 1970-1992, including tour of duty in Vietnam
  • U.S. Air Force Air Transportation Specialist School
  • Advanced Transportation of Hazardous Material/Passenger/Cargo School
  • Military Airlift Command Academy
  • U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Specialist School
  • Born 1954 in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Married to Terry
  • Father of six, grandfather of three
  • Education
  • J.D. University of Idaho Law School, 1984
  • B.B.A. Business Economics, Boise State University, 1981
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho State Representative 1990-present
  • Solo law practice 1984-present
  • Professional musician
  • Former farmer
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • 'Faith and Freedom' award from Idaho Christian Coalition, 1999
  • 'Friend For Life' award from Idaho Chooses Life, 1998
  • Idaho Family Forum award, 'Legislative Champion of the Family,' 1992

Other candidate(s) on the ballot: Paul Smith, Constitution Party
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