Today I announced that I am a candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives in District 21, seat A. Redistricting left my new district in Meridian with two open seats. So I have decided that I will put my best foot forward and try to serve our great state. There is a long road and a lot of door knocking between now and the primary in May.
If you’ve read the articles I’ve posted here for the last few years, this will seem like a pretty big departure from my usual focus on books, finance and investing, and personal adventures. Though I’ve talked about reading political books, I’ve certainly never mentioned getting involved in that world myself. My career as an entrepreneur and investor has been very successful, so why would I deviate?
There are two reasons why I am doing this. First, it’s time for me to serve the public. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life in Idaho and I want to give something back. Second, there is a glaring need for common sense conservatives to serve in our state legislature. Too many legislators have been focused exclusively on ideology rather than actually helping the people of Idaho. I am a proud conservative, and think many of the things that have been suggested are good ideas. But we have too many leaders that intentionally create division to score cheap political points, and that is not productive for our state.
If you want to learn more about my campaign, please visit PetzkeForIdaho.com. I would also encourage you to follow me on social media if you haven’t already. You can do so on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
This campaign won’t be easy, and I will need a lot of help. If any part of what I am talking about resonates with you, there are a variety of ways you can help. Sharing my announcement video on social media will help tremendously in getting the word out. You can volunteer in a variety of capacities (there is a form on my website to sign up). You can donate to my campaign. These types of endeavors are inherently expensive, and every dollar will help me spread my message further. And of course, if you live in District 21 (southern Meridian), you can vote in the Republican primary on May 17th!