Cherie Harding Clawson

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Cherie Harding Clawson
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Candidate for
Idaho State Senate District 31
Prior offices
Blackfoot City Council
2002 - 2006
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1978
Master'sIdaho State University, 1994
Personal website
Campaign website
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Cherie Harding Clawson was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 31 of the Idaho State Senate.

Clawson is a teacher, who worked at the secondary school level for nine years and the university level for 11 years. Clawson was elected to the Blackfoot City Council in 2002, but chose not to run again after four years of service because she accepted a job as a high school debate coach. She is a member of the National Forensic League, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and the American Legion Auxiliary.[1]


Political philosophy

In an email submission to Ballotpedia, Clawson described her political philosophy:[1]

Excerpt: "I am running for the Idaho State Senate because I believe that Bingham County deserves legislators who will listen and who will represent our county’s best interests. I believe Bingham County needs a leader that is committed to restoring quality in our public education system, promoting economic growth, and improving ethics in government. As citizens of Idaho, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students are provided an education that prepares them for future success and prosperity. But the issue is larger than just our children and grandchildren; it is about investing in the community in which we live."

To read the full statement, visit Clawson's campaign website.

Campaign themes


Clawson's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Family Values
Excerpt: "If our families are not strong, our children, our communities and our state suffer. ...I believe that we must protect marriage between a man and a woman and promote policies that help foster strong families."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Many issues are affecting our farmers such as concerns about pests and disease, worrying about growing expenses like fuel, water rights issues, and some our concerned about how to keep the family farm running. ...I am committed to seeing that our state government is supportive of agriculture and working to reduce unnecessary red tape and paperwork that is burdening our farmers."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is a critical priority in Idaho. Today's children will be tomorrow's farmers, mechanics, electricians, lawyers, bankers, doctors, etc. ...Education is the largest line item in the budget and everyone wants a piece of that pie."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Like every other Idahoan I would like to pay fewer taxes. However, we all know that roads with potholes do not fix themselves. We need to have taxes for things like roads, police, fire and schools. How much is the real question, the hard question."
  • Rule of Law
Excerpt: "This past legislative session saw many lapses in judgment and ethical behavior in both chambers. I pledge to conduct my personal and legislative business in compliance with the highest of standards of ethics and moral judgment."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Clawson ran in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 31. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and was defeated by R. Steven Bair (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Idaho State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngR. Steven "Steve" Bair Incumbent 64.4% 11,048
     Democratic Cherie Harding Clawson 35.6% 6,104
Total Votes 17,152

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