Steve Berch Announces Rematch With Luker

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I had hoped the closeness of last year’s election would result in Mr. Luker understanding that he represents a diverse, moderate, sensible district. Instead, he continues to take extreme positions and cast questionable votes.

~Steve Berch

April 16, 2015. Boise, Idaho. Steve Berch announced that he plans to challenge Rep. Lynn Luker for House Seat 15A again
next year. Luker, a nine-year incumbent Republican, was nearly defeated by Berch last November by just a few hundred votes.

Last week, Luker cast a deciding vote that could prevent the state from tracking and collecting over $200 million in child support payments for more than 155,000 Idaho children. Even some of Luker’s conservative Republican colleagues have publicly distanced themselves from him.

Said Berch, “I had hoped the closeness of last year’s election would result in Mr. Luker understanding that he represents a diverse, moderate, sensible district. Instead, he continues to take extreme positions and cast questionable votes. Mr. Luker’s irresponsible decision on child support is evidence that he is out of step with the values and priorities of his constituents. Our district needs new leadership that will prioritize Idaho families over rigid ideology and extremism. I believe I can more effectively represent West Boise citizens by bringing much-needed balance and reason to the Legislature.”

Berch, a businessman with over 30 years’ experience working in high-tech, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Boise Auditorium District in 2013. Over the last two years, he has been working to bring millions of additional, out-of-town dollars into our local economy by investing in a major expansion of the Boise convention center – without raising taxes. Berch is focused on the priorities shared by the people of West Boise: improving education, growing our economy and maintaining vital services. In contrast, Luker has focused on divisive fringe issues such as: not letting citizens vote for their U.S. Senator; preparing to rewrite the U.S. Constitution; thwarting the building of greenbelts and pathways; closing primaries, requiring people to publicly declare their political party affiliation before they can vote; and allowing business owners to discriminate and deny service to people who don’t share their religious beliefs.

Berch added, “I have personally visited thousands of households throughout District 15. I understand
the needs, concerns and priorities here in West Boise. Not one person I met recalls Mr. Luker knocking
on their door, inviting them to a town hall meeting or even mailing them a legislative update during his nine years in office. Voters in District 15 deserve better and I will work hard to deliver results that will make a positive, meaningful difference in their lives.”

People can learn more about Steve Berch and his campaign by contacting him at berch4idaho@msn.com.

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