Bill Mauk, a Boise lawyer and former Idaho Democratic Party chairman, kicked off his uphill U.S. Senate campaign Tuesday by calling on his Republican opponent to join him on the high road.
Mauk, who is expected to face no opposition in the May 26 Democratic primary, challenged U.S. Rep. Mike Crapo “to a race which inspires renewed faith in the political process.”
“Not a fight,” he said, “but a dialogue with the voters, measured by the quality of ideas and strength of character of the candidates, instead of sound bites, slick advertising and negative attacks.”
Mauk, who spoke outside Pocatello High School, where he was student body president, scheduled stops in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston today.
Mauk is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Dirk Kempthorne, who is running for governor. Crapo, a three-term congressman from Idaho’s 2nd District, is the only Republican vying for Kempthorne’s seat.
Mauk said his campaign will emphasize education, tax reform, job security, protection of Medicare and Social Security and opposition to electric power deregulation.
In Pocatello, he applauded President Clinton’s recent proposals to modernize public schools, reduce class sizes and provide tax credits to help pay interest on school bonds.
“The control and direction of our public schools must always be at the local level. But that doesn’t mean we should categorically reject a helping hand from state and federal governments,” Mauk said.
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