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Burley grocery store owner runs for Idaho House | Mini-break

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BURLEY — A grocery store owner is running for seat B in District 27 of the Idaho House of Representatives.

Republican John Stokes, 49, of Burley grew up in Mini-Cassia and graduated from Burley High School. He and his wife have eight children.

“I’m running because I don’t think politicians have done a very good job of protecting rights during the pandemic,” Stokes said.

During the confinement, several businesses were deemed non-essential and some never reopened.

“We also added $5 trillion to the national debt,” he said. “They passed the money around like candy and now we are suffering from inflation.”

Stokes said schools have also closed during the pandemic and there have been “big debates” over whether children should wear masks in school.

Stokes will support people’s right to choose and their freedom and will advocate against government excesses.

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It will also work to maintain local decision-making, he said.

Stokes earned a business degree from Brigham Young University.

His prior political experience includes serving as a Republican Party committee member in the Springdale District.

He is also a partner at Pickett Equipment and sits on the board of Snake River Manufacturing, which is the parent company of Double L Manufacturing and SRM-Kodiak.

Stokes served on the board of Associated Food Stores.

“I am not a politician,” he said. “I’m a businessman.”

Its other main issues include the protection of water rights.

Stokes worries that there are politicians in the state who promote the removal of dams.

“The Magic Valley is magical because of its water,” he said. “We must protect our water rights.”

Water is an integral part of the valley and affects most businesses including agriculture, farm equipment manufacturing, and groceries.

“I’m going to bring my hard work and common sense to Boise,” Stokes said. “I will protect people’s freedoms and lead the state to prosperity.”