Republican Congressman Michael Crapo formally kicked off his campaign for a third term on Tuesday, reiterating his commitment to reducing the federal government’s influence on day-to-day life.
“It’s important that we recognize the true place for decision-making,” Crapo said. “Those who are elected at the local levels of government are best suited to make the decisions.”
Flanked by his wife and party leaders, including Gov. Phil Batt, the conservative from Idaho Falls told 100 supporters in front of the state Capitol that local control of environmental policy is potentially the most important facet of diminishing federal influence.
Well-financed and very popular, Crapo is a heavy favorite over anti-nuclear activist Peter Rickards of Twin Falls in the May Republican primary and over Democrat John Seidl, a political newcomer and Boise contractor, in November.