Holli High Woodings

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Holli High Woodings
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Idaho House of Representatives District 19B
Former member
In office
December 1, 2012 - 2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEnglish, Boise State University
Personal
Place of birthEugene, OR
ProfessionPublic relations professional
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
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Holli High Woodings is a former Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 19B from 2012 to 2014.

Woodings ran for Idaho Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] She was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary. Holli High Woodings lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Woodings served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources
Environment, Energy, and Technology
State Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Woodings's campaign website listed the following issues in 2012:[2]

  • Excellence in Education
Excerpt: "Our communities and businesses deserve citizens with world-class education. We need to work together to develop good solutions to reform Idaho’s education system and make the important investment to support our students, teachers and school districts so that our students can achieve excellence."
  • Smart Energy
Excerpt: "Let’s grow our economy and create good-paying jobs, while preserving the best things in our state for our children and grandchildren. When coupled with our abundant small and large hydropower, development of energy efficiency, solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biofuels will put Idahoans back to work and clean up our energy portfolio."
  • Fairness for Women
Excerpt: "Women deserve fair opportunities in school and the workplace, and to make their own reproductive decisions. And while we might not all agree on how those decisions should be made or what outcomes should result, I do know that it’s not the role of government to make those important decisions for women. I pledge to be an outspoken and visible advocate for women’s rights, fairness in the workplace, and access to reproductive care."
  • Accountable Leadership
Excerpt: "Any business owner can tell you – you have to have people you can trust minding the store. People who know their customer. People who know the value of a dollar and how to provide the very best service in the most efficient way. And you know what? That’s what good government is too. We deserve to know that our dollar is being invested to provide the biggest benefit for our present and our future, not spent for political reasons."

Elections

2014

See also: Idaho secretary of state election, 2014

Woodings ran for election to the office of Idaho Secretary of State in 2014. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[3]

Results

General election
Secretary of State of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawerence Denney 56.2% 241,851
     Democratic Holli High Woodings 43.8% 188,353
Total Votes 430,204
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Woodings's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

Economy

I deeply believe that the greatest investment Idaho can make in economic competitiveness is through education. Yet there is also much we can do to make our state more business friendly. Simplified business licensing, easy-to-navigate online filings and state agencies with a commitment to can-do, problem-solving business assistance are a low-cost way to start. Seamless partnerships with the Idaho Tax Commission, the Department of Commerce and Bureau of Occupational Licenses (just to name a few) will help small businesses navigate the system and get down to the business of serving customers faster. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to help them in every way possible, every day. Less paperwork, more service. [4]

—Holli High Woodings's campaign website, (2014), [5]

Education

There is no more important issue than education in Idaho. We rank dead last in the country in education spending per child. Only 35% of our children have access to pre-school or educational daycare when the national average is almost 50%. Only one in ten of our high school freshmen eventually graduates from college. Which also makes us dead last in college attendance too. This is not putting us on track to fill or attract the skilled jobs our modern economy needs right now. And every year Idaho falls a little further behind.

That is nothing to be proud of. It’s an urgent problem that needs an even more urgent solution.

The Secretary of State is one of five members of the Idaho Land Board, which has a constitutional obligation to administer state lands for the long-term public good. One of the specific beneficiaries is our public schools—which over the years have been starved of millions of dollars from the Land Board. All of us are looking for ways to make our schools better That’s why as Secretary of State I will push to use excess revenue from the Land Board to reinvest in our schools so that we can attract more businesses and good-paying jobs to Idaho. [4]

—Holli High Woodings's campaign website, (2014), [5]

Voting rights

We were very fortunate for many years to have strong nonpartisan advocates—Democrat and Republican—as our Secretaries of State. They did a great job putting fairness and the interests of the people first because they recognized that voting is a fundamental freedom where partisan and special interest politics have no place. In their view, ensuring that our elections are easy, fair and open was a moral responsibility they were sworn to protect.

And that is exactly how I look at it too. I’m running for Secretary of State because your freedom to vote should not be infringed by anyone’s agenda at any time. Voting should be easy, fair and open, period. That’s what I signed up for when I registered to vote for the first time and that’s what I want for my children and my grand children. Easy, fair and open voting for all eligible voters. [4]

—Holli High Woodings's campaign website, (2014), [5]

2012

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Woodings won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 19B. Woodings defeated Andy C. Edstrom and Brad Goodsell in the Democratic primary on May 15, 2012, and defeated Don Howard (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolli High Woodings 65.7% 14,378
     Republican Don Howard 34.3% 7,509
Total Votes 21,887
Idaho House of Representatives District 19B Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHolli High Woodings 56.4% 1,636
Brad Goodsell 38.6% 1,118
Andy C. Edstrom 5% 145
Total Votes 2,899

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Woodings is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Woodings raised a total of $29,515 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[9]

Holli High Woodings's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 19B Won $29,515
Grand Total Raised $29,515

2012

Woodings won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Woodings raised a total of $29,515.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Holli High Woodings's campaign in 2012
Haun, Christopher$2,000
Meyer, Karen A.$2,000
Woodings, Holli$1,500
CenturyLink$1,000
Shah, Faisal$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$29,515
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."

2012

In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[12] Woodlings received a score of -68 points in the 2013 index, ranking 62nd out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Cronin (D)
Idaho House of Representatives District 19B
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Melissa Wintrow (D)