City: Athol, Idaho
A retired fire captain from California, Littlejohn is a a tax-cutting, government-shrinking, anti-regulation, anti-vaccination conservative. He's running against a neighbor, Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, a Christian conservative whom Littlejohn contends isn't conservative enough. Littlejohn, like Redman, home-schooled his kids. He has been pushing, without success, to get legislation introduced to raise the required passage rate for all school levies in Idaho to a two-thirds supermajority. Littlejohn attempted to get a referendum on the Idaho ballot last year to overturn the 7-cent per gallon gas tax increase and vehicle registration fee increases that lawmakers approved in 2015 to fund road repairs; he gathered just 32 of the 47,432 signatures he needed. Littlejohn said he didn’t oppose the gas tax increase because it’s a user fee, but objected to the registration fee increase because it impacted owners of older vehicles.
Though many still seem unaware of the upcoming May 17 election, politics are heating up in North Idaho, where there are hot local races and a plethora of contested legislative races. Campaign signs festoon the roadways, and there seem to be candidate forums and debates practically every other day. Today, in the first in my series on contested…
In one of Idaho’s most conservative legislative districts, the seat formerly held by tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart has been going through some political evolution.
BOISE – A North Idaho retiree’s push to force voter consideration of a 7-cent gas tax increase approved by the Legislature has fallen far short. Alan Littlejohn of Athol needed to gather 47,432 signatures by Tuesday to trigger a voter referendum; he turned in just 32.