Kenneth B. De Vries

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Kenneth De Vries
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Idaho House of Representatives District 5B
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Kenneth De Vries was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 5B of the Idaho House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


De Vries's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • The Conservatism of the Founding Fathers
Excerpt: "The primary role of government is to protect the rights and the freedom of the people. The founders of the United States of America believed that our Republic could only be the home of a just and moral people. Without a strong moral foundation and a clear sense of right and wrong, no system of government will protect the rights of the governed."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Freedom, not government, is the ally of a strong economy. Government should protect the freedom necessary for a vibrant economy to thrive. In all other aspects, government should get out of the way and let the free market supply the goods and services people want and need."
  • State Sovereignty
Excerpt: "Idaho is a resource rich state. However, 60 percent of Idaho's land is occupied by the federal government. This is not only unconstitutional but is a violation of the Equal Footing Doctrine that was in force when each and every new state was admitted to the union. Federal occupation of Idaho's land has prevented Idahoans from enjoying the highest and best use of Idaho's resources."
  • 2nd Amendment Issues
Excerpt: "I oppose gun control. This includes but is not limited to confiscatory ammunition taxes, cartridge tagging or any other backdoor attempts to infringe on the citizen's right to keep and bear arms. The second amendment is not about hunting or sport shooting. It is about freedom. Period."
  • Taxation
Excerpt: "Any discussion of taxation must first begin with an analysis of how the money is to be spent and whether or not the expenditures are constitutionally authorized. The government of any civilized society needs taxes to operate. Our government is limited in its authority by both the state and federal constitutions and as such, our elected officials must find constitutional justification for any proposed tax or government program."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

De Vries ran in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 5B. He defeated Bob Hassoldt and Rex Joseph Steele in the Republican primary on May 15 and was defeated by Shirley Gene Ringo (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 5B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Gene Ringo Incumbent 53.6% 10,739
     Republican Kenneth B. De Vries 46.4% 9,293
Total Votes 20,032
Idaho House of Representatives District 5B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth B. De Vries 58.7% 1,674
Bob Hassoldt 24.1% 688
Rex Joseph Steele 17.2% 489
Total Votes 2,851


De Vries has a wife, Yvonne, and three children, Connor, Adrian and Trevor.[5] 2012]</ref>

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