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Dave Bowen
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Candidate for
Idaho House of Representatives District 29A
Date of birthJuly 4, 1952
Place of birthRexburg, ID
ProfessionSmall business owner
ReligionLatter-Day Saints
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Dave Bowen was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 29A of the Idaho House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Bowen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Proper Role of Government
Excerpt: "We in Idaho aren’t fooled by big government ideas. Idaho has led the nation in pushing back against big government by passing, among other things, the “Idaho Health Freedom Act” Our Legislature told Washington they could keep their out of control Healthcare Reform. ...Less Government is better Government."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "We complain about Washington’s runaway spending yet some would not have us balance the State’s budget because it’s too hard. We need to make good sound budget decisions with our heads rather than our emotions. Just because we want to do it, doesn’t mean that we should do it."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Anyone who tells you that it will be easy to fix our economic problems is lying to you, don’t believe them. We need leaders today who know what it’s like to tighten their belts."
  • Education
Excerpt: " I admire our Educators, the work they do, and the time they spend molding our children into outstanding citizens. Our future will be safe with the next generation thanks to their heroic efforts with our kids."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bowen ran in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 29A. He defeated Brian Nugent in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012. Nate Murphy was unopposed in the Democratic primary, but later withdrew and was replaced by Carolyn Meline.[2] Bowen lost to Meline in the general election on November 6, 2012. Bob Croker (I) also ran.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Meline 45.6% 7,971
     Republican Dave Bowen 41.1% 7,173
     Independent Bob Croker 13.3% 2,320
Total Votes 17,464
Idaho House of Representatives District 29A Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Bowen 74.1% 1,361
Brian Nugent 25.9% 476
Total Votes 1,837


Bowen's website listed the following endorsements:[7]

  • John Hofman, Owner of Big John
  • David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life
  • Jim Connett
  • Kelley Packer

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