Saying he offers a moderate, common-sense viewpoint, a Wallace man announced late Wednesday that he’s running for the legislative seat held by state Rep. Tom Dorr, R-Post Falls.
“I think I will represent the broad base of the district better than Mr. Dorr will,” said Democrat Larry Watson, 45. Watson is Shoshone County’s chief deputy assessor. He’s worked there since 1976.
“It’s fairly easy for me to examine both sides of the problem and find a middle-ground solution,” he said.
Watson pledged to push for property tax relief, to increase funding for schools, and to try to stimulate the local economy.
“There’s got to be some middle ground to promote business and industry and still not make the mess we have of the (Silver) Valley for the past 100 years,” he said.
Watson was born in Wallace, graduating from Wallace High School in 1968. He volunteers as director of the ski patrol at Lookout Pass Ski Area. He hasn’t held elected office before.
Dorr, 32, the conservative owner of a Post Falls trucking company, won a narrow upset victory two years ago over nine-term Democratic Rep. Lou Horvath.
Dorr’s campaign issues in 1994 were similar to Watson’s today: better education, lower property taxes, toughness on crime and more jobs, especially in the Silver Valley.
Idaho’s legislative District 4 includes all of Shoshone County, the western half of Benewah County, and the southeast portion of Kootenai County.