There are races for seats in both Payette and Fruitland City Councils this year, and voters will be deciding who ends up where during Idaho’s Consolidated Election on Nov. 5.

The Independent-Enterprise offered to do a question-and-answer session with each of the candidates running for Payette City Council and Fruitland City Council.

Vying for two seats on the Fruitland City Council are Jeff “Dale Jeffries” Carpenter, Tim Davis, Stuart Grimes and Michael Moscrip. Of these, Davis did not return his answers.

Running for three seats that are four-year terms on the Payette City Council are Kevin Jensen, Mike Kee, Steven Lindsay, Daniel Lopez and Lori A. Steiniker. Of these, Lindsay did not return answers. Also running uncontested for a 2-year position on the Payette Council is Kahlia Morin.

Answers are running unedited, as turned in from candidates, with them being alphabetized by last name in each of their respective cities.

Editor’s note: For space reasons, some answers were truncated, which is indicated by an ellipses.

Fruitland City Council candidates

Jeff Carpenter

Independent-Enterprise: Why specifically are you running for re-election and who/what inspired you?

Carpenter: I am running for City Council because I want to continue to represent the citizens of Fruitland and with the growth plans that we have established the last 4 years. I also want to remain involved with keeping Fruitland’s momentum going with great growth in both residential and commercial. I was first introduced to the City Council 4 years ago by the mayor asking if I would be interested in running for the seat I currently hold. The Councilperson at that time was not going to run for another term.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Carpenter: At the time I was introduced to Fruitland city government I was general manager of KSRV radio. I have been in the boardcasting field for over 30 years and that gives me the experience of working with people on different levels. I got into the broadcasting field after high school and then went to broadcasting school. I have been involved with the Fruitland Chamber of Commerce and Fruitland Events Committee and emceed many Fruitland area events.

I-E: What are your goals for City Council, if elected?

Carpenter: My goals for City Council is to help continue the forward direction of the city. Keeping with the idea that Fruitland is the hub of the rural metro area we live in.

I-E: How long have you lived in the city and who/what brought you here?

Carpenter: I have lived in Fruitland since 1998. I was brought here as the Program Director and On Air Personality for KSRV Radio. I have also had 3 children that have attended Fruitland schools and currently have a junior at Fruitland High School. GO GRIZZLIES!

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Carpenter: My primary sponsors are my wife and the amazing people of Fruitland.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Carpenter: I will be at the Fruitland Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Thursday evening October 24th. I will be visiting area neighborhoods so Fruitland voters can meet the candidate with 2 names. I look forward to talking with as many of you as I can. I can also be reached for any questions at (208) 371-5320. You, the citizens of Fruitland are what matters. Let’s continue to keep Fruitland great.

Michael Moscrip

I-E: Why specifically are you running for City Council and who/what inspired you?

Moscrip: I am running for Fruitland City Council because I believe I can help the City and I have the desire, knowledge, and ability to do so. I was inspired to run since Fruitland is my home. I have chosen to raise my family here, practice law here, and I want to help Fruitland grow and prosper.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Moscrip: I joined the United States Army Reserve from 1998 to 2006, serving one tour of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. While in the military I developed a strong sense of duty and community. I have worked in the family businesses all my life, whether in the family pharmacy, Internet Truckstop, or D&S Factors I have helped my family to support and grow their businesses. While working for the family I had to research laws and regulations, doing so I found a calling in them. I then received my juris doctorate in 2015 and have been a lawyer ever since.

I-E: What are your goals for City Council, if elected?

Moscrip: My goals for being on the City Council are to help foster and guide the growth that is coming to our city.

I-E: How long have you lived in Fruitland and who/what brought you here?

Moscrip: My family initially moved to Fruitland in 1947. I was born a fourth generation Idahoan in Ontario, Oregon. While the family moved away when I was young, they returned in 1993 and I have been living intermittently in the area ever since. Taking short excursions to receive my education, for employment, and to fulfill my military obligations.

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Moscrip: My sponsors are my family, friends, and acquaintances. I am running because I feel a sense of duty to help my community to the best of my abilities.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Moscrip: I am always happy to talk to anyone, by appointment, at the Sekady Capital Building, please call (208) 452-2595 to setup an appointment.

Stuart Grimes

I-E: Why specifically are you running for re-election and who/what inspired you?

Grimes: I am running for reelection to the Fruitland City Council for the same reason I did the first time. I think Fruitland is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I want to stay involved and try to keep this a community that we can be proud of. I think things have gone well in Fruitland for the last several years and I want to see us continue to be a thriving community. …

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Grimes: I was born and raised in Ontario and lived there until I graduated from high school. I attended TVCC for two years and earned my Associate’s Degree, before transferring to Boise State University where I earned my B.A. in Secondary Education History. When I graduated from college I knew I wanted to return to this end of the valley. I had always thought Fruitland was a nice little community growing up, so that’s where I decided to move back to. I moved to Fruitland in 1997, got married, and started my teaching career at Fruitland Middle School. I’ve been teaching 7th grade at FMS for 20 years. I have a wonderful wife, Deanna, and three great kids, Adrianne, Abigayle, and Chet.

I-E: What are your goals for City council, if elected?

Grimes: My goals if reelected would be to continue to provide Fruitland with good, common sense leadership. I want to see Fruitland continue to thrive and be a great place to live and work. I believe my nine years of experience on the city council can be an asset to help guide Fruitland in the right direction to thrive and prosper. I would also like to continue to work with our amazing city staff and department heads to try to bring more amenities to the citizens of Fruitland. …

I-E: How long have you lived in Fruitland and who/what brought you here?

Grimes: I’ve lived in Fruitland for 22 years. As I mentioned, I grew up in Ontario and had a lot of friends in high school that lived in Fruitland. I was always impressed with the sense of pride people had in the Fruitland community. I liked how tight knit and supportive people were of each other. I also liked the sense of security Fruitland had to offer. It has always been a very safe community with a very low crime rate. … 

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Grimes: I have self-financed my bid for reelection. I’ve always thought that a candidate, whether for a city, state, or federal office, should be elected for their ideas, what they have to offer, and their character; not their ability to raise and spend money. I guess you could say my campaign is more of a grass roots effort. I have many great supporters that have been a huge help in getting the word out.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Grimes: I would love to meet people interested in discussing city matters. There will be a candidates forum on October 24th at city hall that would be a great opportunity to meet me and discuss our city. I’ve met and had many great conversations with citizens after city council meetings on our scheduled Monday nights. I’m also available to meet with citizens other times. My contact information is on the City of Fruitland’s website.

Payette City

Council candidates

John ‘Daniel’ Lopez

I-E: Why specifically are you running for Payette City Council and who/what inspired you?

Lopez: I am running for a seat on the City Council because I believe the only way to inspire true change is involvement and hard work. I find my want to serve our community comes from my dedication to service, since my Naval service I have had a deep desire to serve my community and fellow citizens.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Lopez: Being raised most of my life here, there is no place like home. After serving six years in the United States Navy Jessica and I decided to settle down in Payette. I came home to the family businesses my parents had owned for many years. After hard work and dedication Jessica and I are proud owners of Minit Market and Westside Market here in Payette. We wouldn’t change it for the world.

I-E: What are your goals for city council, if elected?

Lopez: My primary goal is to serve my constituents. I believe in fiscal responsibility first and foremost. All too often government forgets that they are spending our money, we must spend wisely, for longevity and prosperity. Communication between government entities is important when it comes to providing effective and efficient services, my goal would be to bridge the communication gap that seems to exist between all of our government entities.

I-E: How long have you lived in Payette and who/what brought you here?

Lopez: Born and raised in the Treasure Valley. I have called Payette home for as long as I can remember.

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Lopez: I did not accept any financial contributions, I paid for all campaign expenses myself. But I have had much support from many in the community that keep me motivated and full steam ahead.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Lopez: If anyone or any group within the community would like to meet me or ask me questions I will be in attendance at the Greater Payette Area Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum on Oct 24th, 5pm at the Payette Senior Center. As well as you can find me at either of our stores, find me on Facebook or give me a call (208) 739-2428.

Kevin Jensen

I-E: Why specifically are you running for City Council and who/what inspired you?

Jensen: I want to attract business and beautify our great little town! Pride in where I live is what inspires me to become civically involved.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Jensen: I was born in Ontario and raised in the western Treasure Valley in Emmett. My great grandparents lived here and I have fond childhood memories of Payette. I have been in retail for 30 years between Albertson’s and Maverik, spending 25 of those 30 years in management.

I-E: What are your goals for City Council, if elected?

Jensen: We have great candidates running for city council and, if elected, my goal is to work with these great individuals to make our town an even better place to live and raise our kids!

I-E: How long have you lived in the area and who/what brought you here?

Jensen: I have lived in Payette for 30 years. I moved here with my wife and daughter to work for Albertsons and be closer to my wife’s’ family in Midvale.

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Jensen: I don’t have primary sponsors necessarily but I have lot’s of support from family and friends.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Jensen: People can contact me through Facebook or email me at kevin43@gmail.com and I will be happy to meet with them.

Khalia Morin

I-E: Why specifically are you running for Payette City Council and who/what inspired you?

Morin: I am running for City Council because I want to be a new voice for the city and its future. I am the proud mother of [three] wonderful children, [two] that are still at home. I have chosen to run for city council because I believe it is important to be involved in and be a voice for the community.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Morin: Through waitressing, I became very passionate about our community and I had a want to make it better. Better for my kids, your kids, and everyone in general. I didn’t know the impact of what holding a door open, or saying good morning to a perfect stranger meant until I moved here. Parents coming together to make sure kids have rides to and from practices and school, I couldn’t imagine raising my family anywhere else.

I-E: What are your goals for city council, if elected?

Morin: My goal is growth and partnership between the city and the citizens, so we can collaborate on the future of our community.

I-E: How long have you lived in Payette and who/what brought you here?

Morin: My service to the community started in 2005 when I moved here and met my husband. I worked as a waitress at T.I.P.S. and that is where I first became involved with the community.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Morin: Oct 24th at 5:00PM at the Payette Senior Center.

Lori Steiniker

I-E: Why specifically are you running for Payette City Council and who/what inspired you?

Steiniker: I am running for City Council because I want to provide my grandson and all Payette children the opportunity to grow up in a community that supports them. When I was a child, Payette had so many activities for children. The pool was new, the parks were pristine. I want that for our future generations. We need to be the community where families want to live.

I am inspired by my parents and grandparents. They were dedicated to community service and spent their lives making Payette the place to be.

I-E What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Steiniker: My background is in business and education. I grew up working in my family’s furniture store, Steiniker’s Quality Furniture, which later became Town & Country Furniture. I started my teaching career in 1995 and am now teaching the children of my first students! Throughout the years, I coached cheer and dance and was very involved with the Payette Boosters. For the past decade, I served on the local, state, and national boards of the teacher’s association and learned the skills that made me the leader I am today.

I-E: What are your goals for City Council, if elected?

Steiniker: I teach U.S. History and always stress the need for civic engagement. At a recent meeting, I was the only community member in attendance and while that may not be the norm, it does show a disconnect between governance and the community. Once elected, I will strive to increase communication and opportunities for community involvement.

Bringing new businesses, revitalizing our downtown, and supporting the school district are crucial components to ensuring our city has a bright future.

I-E: How long have you lived in Payette and who/what brought you here?

Steiniker: I have lived in Payette my entire life, but have experienced the diversity of our country by being involved with organizations like the Idaho Education Association.

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Steiniker: The citizens of Payette.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Steiniker: Send me a message via Facebook or email and I will come to you! Email me at Steiniker4payette@gmail.com. Facebook: Lori Steiniker for Payette City Council. I will also be at the Candidate’s Forum on the 24th at the Payette Senior Center.

Mike Kee

I-E: Why specifically are you running for Payette City Council and who/what inspired you?

Kee: I would like to see the good work of the current Council continue. The Councilors who are leaving the Council will be missed both for their leadership and hard work. I have learned a lot from them and would like to continue moving in a positive direction. In the short time that I have served on the Council we have reduced regulations, adopted a budget with the lowest tax rate in 25 years, added a dog park, and funded a major street project.

I-E: What is your background and how did you get involved in that?

Kee: While attending college I served as a reserve deputy sheriff. About one year later I was hired by a sheriffís office in Oregon. About two years later I began working for a City Police Department. I worked at that department for the next 27 years before retiring from law enforcement. I worked in patrol, investigations, I achieved the rank of Captain, and retired as the Chief of Police. My wife and I have been married for 35 years and have two adult daughters.

I-E: What are your goals for City Council, if elected?

Kee: To continue to be one of several conservative voices on the Council. I think the Council should encourage planned growth within the City. I would like to see the Council repeal Ordinances that are antiquated and not enforced. I would like to help the city site an ambulance station in the city. I would like to see improvements to the Greenbelt. I will do what I can as a city councilor to see that recreational marijuana sales are never legalized within the City.

I-E: How long have you lived in Payette and who/what brought you here?

Kee: We have owned our house for about six years. However, we have shopped, worked, and recreated in Payette for nearly 40 years.

I-E: Who are your primary sponsors?

Kee: My family have been my main supporters.

I-E: Where can people meet you before the election?

Kee: I will be at a Candidate forum on October 24, 5:00 pm at the Senior Center in Payette. I will be knocking on doors in neighborhoods.

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