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Lenney, Agenbroad vying for Idaho’s District 32 Senate GOP nomination • Idaho Capital Sun

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In the Republican primary for District 13, Senator, both candidates have served as Republican state legislators.

But they come from different factions of the Republican Party: the hardline and the establishment.

Senator Brian Lenney, a first-term senator, is part of the Idaho Freedom Caucus. Jeff Agenbroad, a former senator, co-chaired the Legislature’s powerful budget panel, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.

The race has received support from top state Republican elected officials. Lenney was endorsed by Attorney General Raúl Labrador, and Agenbroad was endorsed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Debbie Critchfield, as reported by Idaho Education News.

In 2022, Lenney defeated Agenbroad. Agenbroad was first elected as District 13 senator in 2016.

Together, Lenney and Agenbroad have raised more than $114,000. Idaho legislative candidates have surpassed the amount raised this year during previous primaries, the Idaho Capital Sun previously reported.

Agenbroad has increased $62,522 — with $20,000 in loans — with about $48,000 in his campaign fund as of May 10, according to the Idaho secretary of state’s campaign finance database. More than $30,000 of Agenbroad’s contributions came from individuals, while $19,050 came from corporations and $8,100 came from political committees.

Lenney has raised $52,317, with about $31,000 in his campaign fund as of May 10, State Department records show. More than $42,000 of Lenney’s donations came from individuals, with $6,600 coming from corporations and $1,750 from political committees.

Agenbroad’s campaign funds include nearly $5,600 in out-of-state contributions. Agenbroad’s top donors include Crookham Company in Caldwell and Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls, which each donated $1,000. Bayerpac in Sacramento, California, donated $1,000 to Agenbroad, along with Clearwater Paper in Spokane, Washington, and Carl Crabtree, a former Republican senator in Grangeville.

Lenney received $7,323 in out-of-state contributions and reported no loans, Idaho Secretary of State records show.

Lenney’s top donors include Boise Black Rifle in Meridian and Think Liberty Idaho Pac in Caldwell, which each contributed $2,000. Lenney also received $1,000 donations from several donors, including Doyle Beck, the legislative chairman of District 32 for the Idaho Republican Party.

Here are Lenney and Agenbroad’s responses to the Idaho Capital Sun primary legislative questionnaire. We asked candidates to limit answers to 100 words.

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Question 1: What are the top three issues that inspired you to run for office?

Lenney: Health Freedom, Education Freedom, Economic Freedom

Agenbroad: Improve and Preserve Public Safety, Properly Fund Idaho Education, Minimize the Tax Burden on Idaho Taxpayers

Question 2: Idaho’s abortion law is one of the strictest in the country, and many doctors and hospital administrators have said it has made recruiting and retaining gynecologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists even more difficult, especially in rural areas. Do you support any legislation, such as health exceptions, that would change or clarify Idaho’s abortion law?

Lenney: No

Agenbroad: I am pro-life and support the exceptions in the existing law, including the health and life of the mother. The law is currently before the Supreme Court. If the court finds that the maternal health exception is too vague, I would advocate clarifying the maternal health exceptions, consistent with the original intent of the law.

Question 3: Do you support the use of public money for private education, including through tax credits or education savings accounts available to parents, or in any other way? Why or why or not?

Idaho Sen. Brian Lenney, R-Nampa
Idaho Sen. Brian Lenney, R-Nampa, listens to proceedings at the State Capitol building in Boise on Jan. 8, 2024. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Lenney: Taxpayer dollars should directly benefit students and families so they have the freedom to choose the best educational path, rather than being locked into one-size-fits-all government institutions. In Idaho, we already do this with programs like Idaho Launch and other programs that fund tuition for private religious schools. This is just the beginning. We must expand these options, giving Idaho families the power to choose schools that align with their values ​​and meet the specific needs of their children. It’s time to fully embrace school choice and open the doors to an effective, personalized education for every student in Idaho.

Senator Jeff Agenbroad
Sen. Jeff Agenbroad, R-Nampa, listens to a debate at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Agenbroad: I support school choice, but I do not support reducing Idaho’s financial commitment to funding public education. I would consider supporting Idaho education beyond the public school arena if we address the Blaine Amendment in our Constitution, are willing to increase overall education funding to cover these additional costs, and are accountable for its use of Idaho tax dollars.

Question 4: Transgender and LGBTQ+ advocates in Idaho have testified that policies such as redefining sex and gender, criminalizing doctors for providing gender-affirming care to young people, among others, harm the transgender community and undermine their existence. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Lenney: I don’t agree with that. Because science.

Agenbroad: We are all created equal and with our own uniqueness. I am against the creation of special classes that drive wedges in society. I am opposed to providing gender-affirming care that will permanently change the bodies of our young people, and I am opposed to the use of public dollars for these procedures.

Question 5: Idahoans remain concerned about a range of issues surrounding growth, housing and economic security, according to Boise State University Idaho’s 2024 Public Policy Survey. What specific steps would you take as a legislator to address these concerns?

Lenney: First of all, I would like to eliminate the grocery tax and the income tax.

Agenbroad: As a legislator, I recognize that most issues surrounding growth are governed by our local municipalities. I support policies that encourage local municipalities to properly manage growth in their communities and make growth pay for itself. As a state, Idaho provides very little support for workforce housing. During the 2022 legislative session, I sponsored legislation that established a $50 million revolving loan fund available to private and nonprofit developers to develop workforce housing in communities throughout Idaho. I support free market solutions to these issues and will continue to govern in a way that is as dependent on government as possible. I will also continue Idaho’s efforts to remove and overhaul regulatory burdens that can hinder free market solutions to properly manage Idaho’s growth.