First-term state representative and area newcomer Don Cheatham says he was motivated to become an Idaho legislator to “give something back to my community” after a career in law enforcement in Southern California and working for Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. That’s also why Cheatham, 70, is seeking a second term in the Idaho House; he and his wife moved to North Idaho in 2012. Peter Riggs, 36, a North Idaho native, is running against him. “I think being from here, having grown up here, being educated here, building a business here – it’s given me a precious frame of reference,” he said. “I’ve got a deep-rooted passion for continuing to make sure that this area stays on the right track and really continues to be the type of place that we’ve fought for many years to make it.” Riggs is particularly concerned about “obstructionism and kind of a ‘just say no’ attitude as of late from a lot of our legislators.” He said, “It’s easier to say ‘no’ than to do the right thing well. … I think it’s time for our community and our city to expect more from its legislators”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.